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Outdoor Skating Locations

Lace up your skates and head to the “coolest” spots in town! Skating areas typically open in mid-December and the skating season continues through the end of February, weather permitting and when ice conditions are determined to be safe.

Since each winter in Glen Ellyn is unique, there is no guarantee that weather will present conditions to allow skating on all or any rinks each year.

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Check the flags at Newton or lights on the Boathouse:
Green flag/light = Safe ice conditions
Red flag/light = Unsafe ice conditions

Skating and sledding activities involve a risk of injury; therefore, participation is at your own risk.


Newton Park Sled Hill

707 Fairview Avenue

Ready to hit the “slopes” for a little sledding? The sled hill at Newton Park provides fun for the whole family! Bring your sled or disc and enjoy the snow. Free and open to the public, sledding is allowed only during daylight hours from dawn until dusk. 

The hill is not supervised and the user assumes full responsibility for determining if the sled hill is safe to use. Please use caution when sledding and be considerate of others. A warming facility is not available. 


Polar Plaza Synthetic Ice Rink & Curling Lanes

Crescent Parking Lot, just west of Main Street

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. Ice skate rentals are not available, so please bring your own.

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.


Lake Ellyn Natural Ice Rink

645 Lenox Road

When the ice is safe for skating, lights will be available from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily and the Boathouse will be available as a warming shelter for skaters during the hours below. When inside the Boathouse, all patrons are required to wear face coverings. No concession will be offered and please limit your time inside the facility.

Warming Shelter Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.
  • January 17 & 18: 11a.m. to 8 p.m

Safety is of utmost importance when it comes to using Lake Ellyn for ice skating. The red light means skating is prohibited as the ice is unsafe, and the green light means it is safe to skate! Park District crews check the ice daily; however, conditions can change rapidly, please be cautious anytime you are on the ice. The best way to stay up-to-date on ice conditions is to sign up for notifications through the Park District hotline.

Ice skate rentals are not available, so please bring your own. If you need skates, check with Paul’s Shoe Service, 486 N. Main Street or (630) 790-1030, as they often have used skates for sale or exchange.

The availability of skating on Lake Ellyn is dependent on weather conditions. Just because it’s very cold outside or the lake looks frozen, doesn’t necessarily mean the lake will be open for skating. In addition to needing temperatures below zero for several days, there are many other factors, such as the presence of snow, recent rainfall or periods of warmer temperatures, that impact the safety of the ice, ice thickness, and ability to groom/clear the ice. 

As a reminder, Lake Ellyn is a 10-acre body of water subject to the environment and other conditions not controlled by the Park District. Please refrain from throwing debris onto the ice surface and absolutely no ice fishing. Both actions further complicate the District’s ability to provide safe and quality ice skating.


Newton Park Natural Ice Rink

707 Fairview Avenue

During the winter months (mid-December to the end of February), the Newton Park tennis courts are converted to a natural ice rink. Making ice, however, requires a prolonged period of time (~72 hours) when both daytime and evening temperatures remain below 22° with several inches of frost in the ground. Note, the District does not utilize refrigerant coils for establishing ice rinks.

When conditions are right and ice is available, the rink is designated for open hockey except for the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. when the rink designated for open/public ice skating. Be sure to check the flag before heading out on the ice.

If no ice skaters are present during the designated hours above, hockey may be played but must stop immediately once skaters arrive. If no hockey players are present during hockey hours, skaters may use the ice but must immediately exist once hockey players arrive.

When open, lights are on from dusk until 9 p.m. A warming facility is not available. 


Lake Foxcroft Natural Ice Rink

2S540 Lambert Road

Like Lake Ellyn, the availability of skating on Lake Foxcroft is dependent on weather conditions. The District posts flags at Lake Foxcroft to indicate whether it is closed or open. The red flag means skating is prohibited as the ice is unsafe, and the green flag means it is safe to skate! When the green flag is flying, skating hours are 6:00 a.m. to sunset. This location does not feature lights or a warming shelter.

Please note, Lake Foxcroft and Lake Ellyn are two very different bodies of water. Just because one might be open does not mean the other is able to be open. Please refrain from throwing debris onto the ice surface and absolutely no ice fishing. Both actions further complicate the District’s ability to provide safe and quality ice skating.