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Outdoor Rinks

The following parks 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
Bass Lake Park            X      
Birchwood Park  X   X  X  X
Browndale Park  X  X  X  X
Center Park    X *    
Fern Hill Park    X    
Jackley Park  X    X  
Nelson Park  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 

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. Hot cocoa is sold for $2 at these sites.

The warming houses are now closed for the season. The skating rinks are still open.

Nelson Park Open Skating Schedule

Below are the days and times when Nelson Park's west rink will be open for general skating (no sticks/goals allowed).

Regular hours: Dec. 22 - 23 and Jan. 6 - Feb. 25

  • 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.

Hockey Rink and Warming House Rentals

Outdoor Hockey Rink Rentals

Outdoor hockey rinks with nets are available for private rental at Birchwood, Browndale, Nelson and Oak Hill Parks during regular warming house hours. Broomball nets are available only at Nelson Park.

  • Residents: $30 per hour
  • Non-resident: $40 per hour

Warming House Rentals   

The Birchwood, Browndale, Nelson and Oak Hill Park buildings can accommodate groups of 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 this time.

  • Before/after warming house hours: $50 per hour for residents, $60 per hour for non-residents
  • During warming house hours: $20 per hour for residents and non-residents

If you are interested in renting a warming house, please complete and turn in the Warming House Reservation Application.

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.