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.

Join a League: Adult Leagues | Youth League

Donate Your Sticks & Skates

We welcome hockey sticks and ice skates in good condition. Call or visit a Recreation Center.

Indoor Ice Arenas

Northeast Ice Arena group hockey and skating rentals Parade Ice Garden open hockey, public skating

Ice Rink Season

As soon as ice conditions allow-March 1, 2020 All rinks will remain open until March 1, 2020, weather and ice permitting. 2019-2020 Ice Rinks Brochure [PDF]

Ice Rink Closures

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Armatage Park hockey, skating
Bohanon Park hockey, skating
Bryant Square Park hockey, skating
Hiawatha School Park hockey, skating
Kenny Park pond hockey, skating
Lake Hiawatha Park hockey, skating
Lake Nokomis Park* pond hockey
Lake of the Isles Park* hockey, skating

Linden Hills Park hockey, skating
Logan Park broomball, hockey, skating
Longfellow Park hockey, skating
Loring Park (WinterSkate) skating
Lyndale Farmstead Park skating Lynnhurst Park hockey, skating Matthews Park broomball, hockey, skating
McRae Park broomball

North Commons Park hockey, skating
Pearl Park hockey, skating
Sibley Park hockey, skating
Van Cleve Park broomball, hockey, skating
Webber Park skating
Windom Northeast Park broomball, hockey, skating

*Ice Safety: For guidelines and safety information regarding lake ice thickness, visit Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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.

Bryn Mawr Meadows and McRae

Open during broomball league games only

Lake Nokomis

Open during pond hockey league games only

Lake of the Isles

Monday-Friday: 3-9 pm
Saturday: 10 am-9 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm

WinterSkate at Loring

Monday-Friday: 3-9 pm
Saturday: 9 am-9 pm
Sunday: 10 am-6 pm

All Other Warming Rooms

Monday-Friday: 3-9 pm
Saturday: 10 am-9 pm
Sunday: noon-6 pm

Minneapolis School Release Days

December 23-January 3, January 17, January 20, February 17, February 18
Noon-9 pm


Lake of the Isles, Loring, North Commons, Sibley, Van Cleve only open
December 24: noon-4 pm
December 25: Closed
December 31, January 1: noon-6 pm

Inclement Weather

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
  • Lynnhurst
  • Matthews
  • Van Cleve

Creating Ice

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.

1. Seal the Field Once the ground is frozen, we seal the field drains with newspaper and clay.building first layer of ice with hose
2. Build a Base The next step is to saturate the field with water, adding moisture to the ground to help establish the first layer of ice. No two rinks are alike; the amount of water to build the foundation varies based on field conditions. Some fields have low pockets that must be filled in more than fields that are flat.
3. Flood the Field When temperatures are right, we flood the fields using sprinklers and fire hoses one inch at a time, twice daily, to build up the ice. Anything more or less than one inch of water at a time will create air pockets, and prevent smooth, solid ice from forming. The ideal temperature for this process is between zero and ten degrees. If it is too cold (-10 degrees or lower) the ice would freeze too quickly, and become brittle. adding water each day to build up ice
4. Results in a Smooth Finish
Setbacks that may require additional flooding include:
  • 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.

Daily Maintenance

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?

people skating on a finished ice rink

Like many other park systems, our rink season typically runs until mid-February regardless of when the season starts.  After mid-February, ic
e conditions start to deteriorate very quickly due to the late-winter sun. Even if temperatures are around freezing, the higher, stronger sun causes issues such as frost boils, honeycombing and melting along the edges of the rinks which make the rink unsafe for skaters. To extend the season, our maintenance staff works to keep a few rinks in each area of throughout the city open until early March. These rinks are selected because their location (in the city and in the park itself), ice rink base (athletic field or other area) and several other factors. However, even with the additional staff and extra effort, those rinks are not always in the best condition. Additionally, if the weather is unusually warm for more than a few
days, those rinks will also become unsafe and need to be closed for the season.


Lake Ice

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.