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Outdoor Rinks with Warming HousesOutdoor Rink

The following parks have outdoor rinks with warming houses:

  • Birchwood Park, 2700 Zarthan Ave. S.
  • Browndale Park, 4525 Morningside Rd.
  • Nelson Park, 2500 Georgia Ave.
  • Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave.
  • Parkview Park, 6801 33rd St. W.

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.

Warming House Hours 

Regular hours: Dec. 15 - 23 and Jan 6. - Feb. 18 (weather and holidays permitting)

  • 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: Dec. 26 - Jan. 5

  • Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon - 8:30 p.m.

Holiday and school release day hours

  • Dec. 24: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: CLOSED
  • Dec. 31: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Oak Hill will be open extended hours from 6-9 p.m.)
  • Jan. 1: Noon - 8:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: Noon - 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 26: Noon - 8:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 19: Noon - 8 p.m.

Nelson Park Skating Schedule

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

Regular hours: Dec. 15 - 23 and Jan. 6 - Feb. 18

  • 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: Dec. 26 - Jan. 5

  • 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

  • Dec. 24: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: CLOSED
  • Dec. 31: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 1: Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 15: Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 26: Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 19: Noon - 6 p.m.

Outdoor Rinks Without Warming Houses

The following parks have outdoor rinks, but do not have warming houses.

  • Bass Lake Park, 3450 Glenhurst Ave.
  • Center Park, 3750 Wooddale Ave.
  • Fern Hill Park, 4421 28th St. W.
  • Jackley Park, 4211 Brookside Ave.
  • Willow Park, 2500 Rhode Island Ave. S.

Special Events

Cookies & Cocoa at Oak Hill Park

On Thursday, Dec. 28, grab a free cookie and cocoa while your skating at the park. Warming house will be open 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Cookies and cocoa will be free from noon – 4 p.m. (while supplies last)

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  
Warming House Reservation Application
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.  
  • 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

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.