The ODR at Valley Gardens is a hub of youth activity. During the day it is free for the local schools to come use with students. The school next door provides students with skating gear (skates and helmets); it is wonderful to watch many young people take their very first tentative steps onto the ice. As school lets out, the rinks become busier with youths dropping in on their way home. In the evenings and on weekends youths and families, folks of all ages, come to enjoy the rink.