Mission Statement & Club History
Founded in 1954, the Wissahickon Skating Club is a private, not-for-profit, family-oriented skating club dedicated to the development of amateur skating. The Club is committed to providing programs to skaters of all ages and abilities while also supporting and developing amateur athletes for local, national, and international competition. The Club offers a variety of membership categories to meet the specific needs of families and individuals with interest in figure skating, synchronized skating, and hockey.
Wissahickon Skating Club was founded in the early 1950′s by a group of prominent Chestnut Hill families who felt strongly that an ice skating facility should be a part of their community. Bonds were floated and construction of the Club began in 1955. The Club opened in October of 1956. For the first several years of operation, the Club operated on a 7 month season. Additional equipment was installed in the late ’50′s to permit summer operation and by 1960 the Club provided aspiring figure and hockey skaters the opportunity to hone their skills year-round.
For over fifty years our Club has been committed to program excellence. In 1998 Wissahickon Skating Club was the host of the US National Figure Skating Championship held in Philadelphia. Also in 1998, our most notable hockey alumnus and New York Rangers Stanley Cup Champion Goaltender, Mike Richter, represented the United States in the Olympics. Richter was also the named the starting goaltender for the US in the 2002 Olympics where he won a Silver Medal.
Our Club also provides year-round programs for the public including, Group Skating Lessons (Tots-Adults), Learn to Play Hockey, and Public Sessions. We are very well respected for offering quality Figure and Hockey Clinics and Camps.
Since the Club opened its doors in October of 1956, we have been one of only 7 or 8 Skating Clubs in the United States to own its own facility. This, in itself, is very unique and something our members cherish. WSC is a very special place – a Club that our families call Home.