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Ice Skating Update

Posted on: January 8, 2021

Newton Park: Before heading to the park, please check the hotline to see if ice conditions are safe for skating: gepark.org/hotline. With limited outdoor skating opportunities within Glen Ellyn due to weather and other extenuating circumstances, ice skating only times have been established for the Newton Park east ice rink. The hours are 11:30am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 5:30pm Monday-Sunday. The other times are for hockey.

Lake Ellyn & Lake Foxcroft:
To date, the 2020-2021 winter has not provided favorable conditions for outdoor ice skating on the lakes. Unfortunately, neither Lake Ellyn nor Lake Foxcroft have reached the 8-inch ice thickness required for safe skating and periods of warmer temperatures (e.g., above freezing) and snowfalls have diminished the ice.

Ice at Lake Ellyn and Lake Foxcroft must be at least 8 inches thick to get the necessary equipment, including plow trucks, to remove snow and groom, further challenging the process. This is a substantial task as Lake Ellyn is 10 acres. We will continue to monitor the ice daily and hope Mother Nature provides better conditions in the weeks to come!

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Please refrain from walking onto the ice when the red light on top of the Boathouse is on, throwing debris onto the ice surface, and absolutely no ice fishing. All actions further complicate the District’s ability to provide safe and quality ice skating.

STAY CONNECTED: For updates regarding skating opportunities at Lake Ellyn, Lake Foxcroft, and Newton Park, visit www.gepark.org/hotline. All locations are closed at the time of this posting.

OTHER SKATING OPTIONS: The Wheaton Park District has two refrigerated outdoor ice rinks near Mariano’s Grocery Store in Wheaton. Pre-purchased, timed tickets for all skaters are required this year (no walk-up tickets will be available). You must have your own skates. For the most current information on the Wheaton rink, please click here »

If you need skates, check with Paul’s Shoe Service, 486 N Main St, Glen Ellyn, (630) 790-1030, as they have used skates for sale and exchange.