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Glen Ellyn Polar Plaza

In a partnership with the Village of Glen Ellyn, the Park District is excited to once again offer the Polar Plaza ice skating rink in downtown Glen Ellyn beginning Wednesday, November 24, 2021, through Monday, February 21, 2022.

Free to residents and visitors to the area, the Polar Plaza has a synthetic (plastic) surface which replicates a regular ice surface. The material does not require refrigeration, water, or considerable maintenance, and is also not subject to weather conditions (other than snow accumulation).

A unique new element will also come to the Polar Plaza this season – two iceless curling lanes. Equipment will be available to borrow (it’s free!) for this fun winter activity on select dates and times beginning December 2, 2021. See below for more details and watch for an announcement on our website and social media pages.

The Polar Plaza occupies a portion of the Village’s Crescent parking lot, just west of Main Street. Parking is available in the western most portion of the Crescent parking lot.


Polar Plaza Ice Skating Rink

Opens November 24, 2021

  • Open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m.
  • The Park District hotline will be updated if the rink must close due to weather or other circumstances. 
  • The synthetic rink is free to residents and visitors to the area.
  • Participants must bring their own ice skates as rentals will not be available on site. Standard ice skates can be used on the rink.
  • The rink will be open November 24, 2021 through February 21, 2022.
  • See full ice skating rules and regulations below.

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.


Polar Plaza Curling Lanes

Coming December 2, 2021

Try the Winter Olympic sport of curling! Starting December 2, two iceless curling lanes will be available at the Polar Plaza. Visitors can play for up to 40-minutes using equipment checked out from the on-site curling shelter attendant. It’s free!

  • All participants must checkin with the curling shelter attendant to confirm lane assignment and/or be added to the waiting list. Unauthorized use of the curling lanes is not permitted.
  • Up to four individuals may play per curling lane (two on each end of the lane).
  • A valid ID (driver’s license, student ID card, etc.) is required to borrow equipment and will be held at the shelter while the equipment is in use. Equipment must be returned to the shelter at the end of your rental.
  • Equipment will be checked out no later than 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Curling lanes will be open from December 2, 2021 through February 21, 2022.
  • See full curling lane rules and regulations below.

CURLING LANE HOURS BEGINNING DECEMBER 2:

The Park District hotline will be update if the curling lanes must close due to weather, events, or other circumstances. 

Regular HoursHoliday Hours
Thursday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 24: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 25: Closed
Friday, December 31: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 1: Closed

CURLING GUIDELINES AND SCORING:

  • Do not pick stones up by the handle. Stones are only to be slid on the ice.
  • Set stones gently on ice and slide toward the target — do not toss or drop stones even from a short distance. Slide stones back when finished — do not pick up and carry them.
  • Each team has 4 stones of one color. The teams alternate sliding the stones toward the target.
  • Each game is played 10 rounds.
  • After each round (a round is when teams alternate throwing all 8 stones), the score is determined for that round. The team with the stone closest to the bullseye wins the round. That stone and any other stones that the winning team has inside of the rings each count as a point.

Ice Skating Rink Rules

  • Skate at your own risk
  • No hockey or hockey sticks
  • If multiple skaters, please skate in one direction
  • No street shoes allowed on skating surface
  • Food and drink not allowed on skating surface
  • Only authorized personnel may perform any maintenance duties including snow removal
  • Hours of skating are from noon-9:00 p.m.
  • Please be courteous and respectful
  • Maximum capacity: 75 skaters
  • Not responsible for lost or stolen items

Curling Lane Rules

  • Curling will be open from December 2, 2021 – February 21, 2022. 
  • Curling is free to the community including renting the equipment. 
  • Sign up is first come first serve. If there are more groups than available lanes at the opening time, those groups will be placed in a random draw to determine who gets first use.
  • Participants must check out the curling equipment at the attendant booth onsite. 
  • A maximum of 4 participants per lane, 2 on each of the board. 
  • Curling stones must remain on the board, no throwing of the equipment. 
  • There is a maximum of 40 minutes per group. Time can be extended if additional groups are not waiting. Participants will have to check in at the attendant booth to confirm. 
  • Staff in the attendant booth will check in playing groups and create a waitlist if the lanes are occupied. Staff will hold a groups spot for a maximum of 10 minutes past their assigned time slot prior to going onto the next participants on the list. 
  • This activity is at your own risk.
  • Only authorized personnel may perform maintenance.
  • Please be courteous and respectful. 
  • Any inappropriate behavior could result in termination of your use of the curling lanes.  
  • The Park District and Village of Glen Ellyn are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Alcohol is not permitted on the premise unless it is part of an approved/sanctioned event or activity. 
  • Last curling rental of the day will begin at 8:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Curling is subject to closure due to special events, inclement weather, and other extenuating circumstances.