Public Skating Cancellation Notice

Due to previous litigation, we will no longer be offering

Public Skating effective 9-1-02

Reason for Cancellation
On March 7, 1999 during a public skating session, a wom
an claims a "reckless" skater knocked her feet out from under her causing her to fall and strike her head on the ice causing several injuries. There were approximately 110 skaters on the ice with 3 guards supervising this session. It appears that current Illinois law does not protect Ice Rinks from this type of liability.

On July 13, 2000 we were notified of the lawsuit and our attorney informed us of the Roller Skating Rink Safety Act which protects roller rinks from this type of liability. We contacted our State Representative Sidney Mathias and in January of 2002 he proposed the Ice Skating Rink Safety Act. The bill was opposed by the Trial Lawyers Association and never made it out of the House Rules Committee.

It was a very difficult decision for us at Twin Rinks to no longer hold public skating sessions. It appears, however, that with the current Illinois law our guards are responsible for the behavior of every skater all the time. We feel this is not a reasonable standard, and it would be impossible for us to maintain. Our insurance will cover this exposure, but the potential liability of the next accident is more than our coverage limits.

What You Can Do
You can help get public skating back at Twin Rinks! Email our State Representative Sidney Mathias at smathias@legis.state.il.us and ask him how you can help get the Ice Skating Rink Safety Act passed.

 

This page was last updated on Thursday, February 08, 2007