Check out your ice skates at the library!

Community partners bringing free ice skate rental program to downtown Ludington.

A new program, sponsored by Engine Creative LLC, Pennies from Heaven Foundation, Mason County District Library and Metalworks, is bringing a free rental skate program to downtown Ludington. Chris VanWyck, Owner of Engine Creative LLC, announced the new skate rental program today.

Engine Creative LLC and Pennies from Heaven Foundation joined forces to purchase 100 pairs of new ice skates for the program.

The Ludington branch of the Mason County District Library will house and manage the skate rental program in a wholly reimagined area of the Ludington library utilizing a bank of beautiful new skate lockers, manufactured and generously donated by Metalworks.

All that is required to rent skates is a valid Mason County District Library card, which will allow people to check out skates just like checking out books.

The program offers the community free access to skates for use primarily on the new downtown Ludington skating rink, located just west of the library at James Street Plaza at the intersection of James Street and Ludington Avenue.

“The best community projects are the ones that are made by, supported by, and serve the community, making it a better place for us all. Projects that focus on what is best for “we” versus me. The downtown and local businesses came together to sponsor and support this rink, local volunteers help build it, we are proud to support the Library, Engine Creative and Metalworks in helping make this rink accessible to all. WE look forward to seeing families make memories in our beautiful downtown,” says Monica Schuyler, Executive Director of Pennies from Heaven Foundation.

“Skating was a big part of my childhood and I fondly remember spending quality time with my family on the ice as a kid,” says Chris VanWyck, CEO of Engine Creative LLC. “I’m proud to play a part in bringing this fun activity to our entire community.”

“Libraries have always been a part of what makes a community special, and we are excited to be part of this unique Pure Ludington experience. This season, bring in your library card, check out a pair of skates, and enjoy the downtown ice rink.” says Eric Smith, Library Director of Mason County District Library.