We have outdoor ice rinks at 24 parks, citywide. Many of them offer separate spaces for general skating and recreational uses such as hockey, broomball and pond hockey.
Donate Your Sticks & Skates
We welcome hockey sticks and ice skates in good condition. Call or visit a Recreation Center.
Indoor Ice Arenas
Ice Rink Season
As soon as ice conditions allow-February 25, 2019 Lake of the Isles, Wells Fargo Minneapolis WinterSkate in Loring Park, McRae, North Commons, and Van Cleve will remain open until March 1, 2019, weather and ice permitting. 2018-2019 Ice Rinks Brochure [PDF]
Ice Rink Closures
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Outdoor Rink Locations
Warming Room Hours
All outdoor ice rink locations have a warming room and offer free loaner skates available on a first come, first served basis. Sizes and quantities vary by location. Note: Bryn Mawr Meadows does not offer loaner skates.
In the event of inclement weather (such as heavy snowfall) the warming rooms will be closed.
Rink Light Timers
The following locations have timed rink lights on Sundays until 9 pm:
- Lake of the Isles
- Van Cleve
Rink Setup & Maintenance
Establishing and maintaining an ice rink is largely affected by the condition of the ground or lake underneath, daily temperatures, and precipitation. It takes a minimum of ten consecutive days of below freezing temperatures during the day and night for ice to establish properly.
- Snowfalls: Snow needs to be removed because a blanket of snow insulates the rink and slows the freezing process.
- Warm Temperatures: Thawing softens the ice and sometimes the ground underneath. Thawing also breaks down the areas that cover low pockets creating weak spots.
This includes clearing the snow or shavings from previous day’s activities, repairing the gouges and ruts and putting down more water as time permits. Hockey and broomball boards, netting, goals and runways are inspected for needed repair. Why do the rinks close in February?
Lake ice is never deemed totally safe as water movement, fish movement, etc., can erode ice from underneath and thin spots can emerge near an area of good thick ice. We are constantly doing ice checks on lake rinks. Please be alert to “Thin Ice” warning signs posted on lakes that we manage and stay away from those areas.