Essex County Codey Arena
South Mountain Recreation Complex
560 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
973.731.3828 ext. 0
LEARN TO SKATE CLASS REGISTRATION
Classes run for 6, 7 or 8 weeks starting in September and run thru the summer. Classes are offered on Tuesdays @ 4:30pm, Fridays @ 4:30pm, Saturdays @ 11:15am or 1:30pm or Sundays @ 11:15am or 1:30pm (session times may vary each season). All skaters must pay the one-time yearly USFS skate fee of $20 to cover them from July 1 thru June 30, the following year. The calendar and registration form can be found in the Permits / Fees / Rentals section. For more infomation, contact us at 973.731.3828 ext. 0.
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Public Session & Freestyle Skating Calendar
The ice skating arena is open to the public for skating, group skating lessons, private ice skating lessons and birthday parties. Figure skating sessions and ice hockey camps and clinics are also available year round.
Essex County Codey Arena is host to NJ High School ice hockey games, the annual Essex County Winter Holiday Hockey Tournament, the Essex Skating Club Winter Ice Escapade, and many figure skating competitions. Some non-ice events the arena has hosted include the Essex County High School Wrestling Tournament, ESPN Friday Night Fights, the Wounded Warrior/NFL Alumni Football game, the ATU National Taekwondo Championships and many local high school graduations.
Hours of Operation
Front office hours:
- Monday to Wednesday - 5am to 8pm;
- Thursday - 5am to 9pm
- Friday - 5am to 11pm
- Saturday - 7:30am to 11pm
- Sunday - 7:30am to 7pm
Call ahead or check the arena schedule on the website for public skating and freestyle skating times.
Public Sessions (**Sessions subject to change, please check calendar)
Schedule subject to change so please call ahead or check the arena calendar, (973) 731-3828 ext. 0.
Check the calendar for daily freestyle sessions:
Learn to Skate
The Learn to Skate program introduces skaters to the United States Figure Skating basic skills program of ice skating. Classes are offered during the fall, winter, spring and summer seasons for six, seven or eight weeks. For registration and schedule information, please contact the front office at 973.731.3828 ext. 0.
The arena offers private skating lessons with our Figure Skating Professional Staff and international coaches that includes outstanding on and off ice training options. For private lesson information, please the front office at 973.731.3828 ext. 0.
Clubs and Organizations
The arena hosts a variety of clubs and organizations throughout the year. The following groups use the facility hosting programs and events throughout the season:
- Essex Figure Skating Club
- Synchroettes National skating team
- Theatre on Ice / Bravo team
- Essex Blades skating team
- Garden State Speedskating Club
- Special Olympics
- Essex County High School hockey teams
- Hockey North America men's hockey league
- Devils Youth Ice Hockey Club / Devils Sled Hockey program
- Daredevils Hockey Club
- Great Saves Goaltending School
- Seton Hall University Men's Ice Hockey Club
The Richard J. Codey Arena at South Mountain (formerly the South Mountain Arena) is an ice hockey and ice skating arena in West Orange, New Jersey as part of the South Mountain Recreation Complex. The arena is named for former Governor of New Jersey Richard Codey. The Codey Arena is owned and operated by the Essex County Department of Park, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs.
South Mountain Arena originally opened in 1958 with the second, smaller rink added in 1983. During 2004 and 2005 the arena underwent major renovations that included a new state-of-the-art lobby for the arena including meeting rooms, a skylight, automatic doors, pro shop (now a glice training area), arcade, and concession stand. Another part of the renovation was a new set of dasher boards, Plexiglas, compression system, jumbotron screen, and seats for Rink 1, as well as a new dehumidifier for Rink 2; it was renamed the Codey Arena upon reopening.
The arena has two NHL-sized skating rinks. The main arena has a seating capacity of 2,500 and the second rink seats approximately 500. From 1986 until the opening of the Prudential Center (which includes a full-size practice rink), the New Jersey Devils used the arena as the team's practice facility. In November 2008 it became home to the Jersey Rockhoppers of the Eastern Professional Hockey League. The arena is also home to the New Jersey Daredevils, a special needs hockey team that has practices and home games at the arena since 2002. The Daredevils play in the (SHI) Special Hockey International League. Since 2009, The Daredevils host an annual Halloween hockey tournament in October for all Special Hockey International Teams (including the Daredevils) called Frankenfest. The New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey club is also based at the arena with more than twenty teams from the beginners entry level to the highly competitive AAA USA Hockey Sanctioned level.
The Essex Skating Club (ESC) is the figure skating club at the arena. The club has more than 300 youth and adult members with winning records at national competitions. A number of coaches at ESC are Worlds and Olympic medalists such as Kay Barsdell, Oleg Bliakhman, Ken Foster and JoJo Starbuck. The Synchroettes are youth synchronized skating teams with winning records including regional champions and the gold medal at the 2010 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. In 2012, the Junior-level team of Synchroettes was selected by the U.S. Figure Skating to be part of the Team USA for 2012-13 season to compete in Leon Lurje Trophy international competition in Sweden. The Essex Blades is an adult synchronized skating team which ranked 6th at the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Bravo! is a Novice Theatre on Ice team which ranked 4th at the 2011 US National Theatre on Ice Competition. In 2012, Bravo! was selected by US Figure Skating to be one of the two Novice teams to represent the United States at the 2013 Nations Cup in Spain.