parks and facilities

Glen Ellyn Polar Plaza

The Polar Plaza is now closed for the 2022/23 season. We’ll see you again next winter!

In a partnership with the Village of Glen Ellyn, we’re excited to once again offer the Polar Plaza synthetic ice skating rink and curling lanes in downtown Glen Ellyn this season. The Polar Plaza occupies a portion of the Village’s Crescent parking lot, just west of Main Street.

Opening Day Polar Market

Get in the holiday spirit at our inaugural Polar Market on Friday, November 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy holiday shopping, carolers performing winter classics, ice skating (bring your own skates from home), and even a visit with St. Nick himself. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Polar Plaza Ice Skating Rink

Open November 25, 2022 – February 14, 2023

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). 

  • 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 25, 2022, through February 14, 2023.
  • 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

Open December 2, 2022 – February 12, 2023

Try the Winter Olympic sport of curling! Two iceless curling lanes are 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 check-in 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 eight individuals may play per curling 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. Friday and Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Curling lanes will be open from December 2, 2022, through February 12, 2023.
  • See full curling lane rules and regulations below.

Curling Lane Hours:

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

Regular HoursSpecial Hours
Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Noon to 9 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 7 p.m.
December 24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
December 25: Closed
December 31: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
January 1: Closed

Curling Guidelines & 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.

Please note, the iceless lanes at the Polar Plaza do not feature brushes for sweeping.

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 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 eight participants per lane. 
  • 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. Friday and Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
  • Curling is subject to closure due to special events, inclement weather, and other extenuating circumstances.