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Outdoor Skating & Sledding

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The following parks will have outdoor rinks available for skating. The figure skating rinks are rinks with no boards, while the hockey rinks have boards on all sides (unless otherwise indicated). If there are parks with both rinks, two separate rinks will be available for skating.
 
The rink lights will typically turn on around 4:30 p.m. and turn off around 8:45 p.m.

Park Figure Skating Rink Hockey Rink Lighted Rinks Warming House
Ainsworth Park X      
Birchwood Park X X X X
Browndale Park X X X X
Center Park   X*    
Edgebrook Park      
Fern Hill Park   X    
Jackley Park X   X  
Nelson Park (see skating schedule) X X X X
Oak Hill Park X X X X
Parkview Park X X X X
Willow Park X      

*hockey rink with end boards only.

Warming houses

All warming houses are closed for the season until Dec. 20, 2019.

Warming houses close when temperatures fall below -5 degrees and/or the wind chill is -15 degrees or lower. Call the weather line at 952.924.2567 for updates.

Regular hours

Below are the hours for the warming houses Dec. 20 – 22, 2019 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 17, 2020 (holidays and weather permitting).

Days Times
Monday – Thursday 4 – 8 p.m.
Friday 4 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 7 p.m.
Winter break hours

Below are the hours for the warming houses Dec. 23 – Jan. 1, 2020.

Days Times
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 8: 30 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 8:30 p.m.
Holiday and school release day hours
Days Times
Dec. 24, 2019 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dec. 25, 2019 Closed
Dec. 31, 2019 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. *
Jan. 1, 2020 Noon – 8:30 p.m.
Jan. 20, 2020 Noon – 8 p.m.
Jan. 24, 2020 Noon – 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 17, 2020 Noon – 8 p.m.

* Oak Hill Pak will be open for extended hours on Dec. 31, 2019 from 6 – 9 p.m. 

Nelson Park skating schedule

Below are the days and times when the west rink will be open for general skating. No sticks or goals allowed during this time.

Regular hours

Below are the hours for the warming houses Dec. 20 – 22, 2019 and Jan. 2 – Feb. 17, 2020 (holidays and weather permitting).

Days Times
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4 – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 2 p.m.
Winter break hours

Below are the hours for the warming houses Dec. 23 – Jan. 1, 2020.

Days Times
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 2 p.m.
Holiday and school release day hours
Days Times
Dec. 24, 2019 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dec. 25, 2019 Closed
Dec. 31, 2019 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Jan. 1, 2020 Noon – 6 p.m.
Jan. 20, 2020 Noon – 6 p.m.
Jan. 24, 2020 Noon – 6 p.m.
Feb. 17, 2020 Noon – 6 p.m.

Rentals

View the warming house and outdoor rink rental application.

Warming house rentals

When the warming houses are open for the winter season, the Birchwood, Browndale, Nelson and Oak Hill park buildings can accommodate groups up to 25 and are available to rent before, during and after regular warming house hours. Tables and chairs can be set up for rentals in a designated area of the warming house.

The general public may still access the building during warming house hours.

  • Fees:
    • Before/after warming house hours: $50 per hour (resident) / $60 (non-resident)
    • During warming house hours: $20 per hour (resident and non-resident)
Outdoor hockey rink rentals

Outdoor hockey rinks with nets are available to rent at Birchwood, Browndale, Nelson and Oak Hill parks during regular warming house hours. Broomball nets are available at Nelson Park only. Contact The Rec Center at 952.924.2540 for more information.

  • Fee: $30 per hour (resident) / $40 (non-resident)

Cocoa and skating

Enjoy free hot cocoa all day at these parks!

Date Location and address 
Dec. 27 Browndale Park, 4955 Morningside Rd.
Dec. 31 Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S. (fee cocoa from 6 - 9 p.m. only)
Jan. 20 Browndale Park, 4955 Morningside Rd.
Feb. 17 Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S

Sledding hills

The following parks have sledding hills:

  • Ainsworth Park
  • Aquila Park
  • Browndale Park*
  • Cedar Manor/Lake Park
  • Dakota Park
  • Keystone Park
  • Louisiana Oaks Park*
  • Minikahda Vista Park
  • Oak Hill Park*
  • Wolfe Park

*Parks that are lighted. The lights will typically turn on around 4:30 p.m. and turn off around 8:45 p.m.