When John Ferguson and Lisa Fedick, the husband and wife team that owns and operates Wonderland of Ice, located at 123 Glenwood Ave., Bridgeport, first opened the facility in 1989, they may not have imagined that the twin rinks would eventually evolve into not just a site for public skating and a base for hockey and figure skating teams from area schools like Sacred Heart University (Lisa coaches the women’s team), Fairfield Prep, and Laurelton Hall, but also a year-round venue for summer and vacation camps, birthday parties, theater programs, Icerobics, and adult hockey leagues. The rink is even the official practice facility for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Wonderland of Ice is also home to the Wonderland Wizards Youth Hockey, Team Doritos AAA Hockey Club, and Nutmeg Curling Club.
On Sundays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Southern Connecticut Storm Special Hockey, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, takes to the ice, with a program is dedicated to providing children from the age of five through young adult with a developmental disability the opportunity to develop hockey skills, and participate in a team sport, according to John. “Through hockey, the program emphasizes the continued development of individual life skills such as self-reliance, dependability, focus and confidence,” he says. “The program offers friendships, self reliance and a team experience to our athletes and families, and prior skating or hockey experience is not required.”
This program, which began with approximately four special needs skating students, has grown to about 85, according to John.
The facility also offers learn to skate and group lessons for students of all ages, public skating sessions, and ice skating birthday parties which include skating admission to any public session, rental skates, lunch, ice cream cake, paper products and a group lesson at $20 per 30 minutes.
“The rinks are open year-round, and while it’s great to come in the winter, summer is always quieter and less crowded, so it’s the perfect time to take lessons or have a party,” John concludes. “There is something for virtually everyone here, and we haven’t increased our prices since we opened in 1989.” For more info, visit wonderlandofice.com.