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Outdoor Skating & Sledding

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.

To Check the Status of Skating Areas

Polar Plaza Downtown Pop-Up Skating Rink • Downtown Glen Ellyn

In a partnership with the Village of Glen Ellyn, the Park District is excited to offer ice skating in downtown Glen Ellyn beginning Friday, February 19, 2021. The synthetic ice skating rink allows for skating no matter the temperature, and is free to residents and visitors to the area. Standard ice skates can be used, with no street shoes allowed on the surface. The pop-up Polar Plaza occupies a portion of the Village’s Crescent parking lot, just west of Main Street, and will be open daily from noon to 9 p.m. Parking is available in the western most portion of the Crescent parking lot. Learn more »

Lake Ellyn • 645 Lenox Road

Lake Ellyn is open daily when conditions are right for skating. Skating is at your own risk and only permitted when the ice reaches a consistent thickness of 8″. At this time, the Boathouse will not be available as a warming shelter, but the outdoor restroom will remain open as weather allows. Be sure to check the light on top of the Boathouse before heading out on the ice. View ice conditions »

Lake Foxcroft • 2S540 Lambert Road

Skating at Lake Foxcroft is not supervised and is at your own risk. The park has no warming facilities or bathrooms. Skating is permitted only when the ice reaches a consistent thickness of 8”. Be sure to check the flag before heading out on the ice. View ice conditions »

Newton Park  • 707 Fairview Avenue

When conditions are favorable for creating ice, the east and/or west rink may be available at Newton Park. The east rink is traditionally designated for open hockey and the west rink for public skating. However, based on recent input from the community, the Park District has established designated public skating times at the Newton Park east rink. The hours are 11:30am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm to 5:30pm Monday-Sunday. The other times are for open hockey.

Making ice requires a prolonged period of time (~72 hours) when both the daytime and evening temperatures remain below 22° with several inches of frost in the ground. More extreme and long-term temperatures are required to open the west rink.

When open, skating is unsupervised and at your own risk. Lights are on from dusk until 9pm. Be sure to check the flag before heading out on the ice. Please note, the District does not utilize refrigerant coils for establishing ice rinks.  View ice conditions »

If no 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 the hockey hours, skaters may use the ice but must immediately exit once hockey players arrive.

Sledding Locations

The sled hill at Newton Park, 707 Fairview Avenue, provides fun for the whole family! Bring your sled or disc and enjoy the snow. Sledding is allowed only during daylight hours from dawn until dusk. The hill is not supervised and the user is responsible for determining if the conditions are appropriate for sledding.