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Outdoor ice rinks are currently being flooded by city staff. Warming houses are scheduled to open Dec. 21 (weather permitting).

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      
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 (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 

Warming houses are scheduled to open December 21 (weather permitting).  

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.

New for 2018-19 season: $2 hot cocoa will only be sold at Browndale Park and Oak Hill Park warming houses.

Regular hours

Dec. 21 – 23, Jan. 5 – Feb. 18 (holidays and weather 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. 4

  • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 8:30 p.m.
Holiday and school release hours
  • Dec. 24: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: Closed 
  • Dec. 31: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Oak Hill Park will be open for extended hours from 6 – 9 p.m.)
  • Jan. 1: Noon – 8:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 21: Noon – 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 25: Noon – 8:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 18: Noon – 8 p.m.

Nelson Park general skating schedule 

Below are the days and times when the west rink will be open for general skating – no hockey sticks or goals allowed.

Regular hours

Dec. 21 – 23, Jan. 5 – 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. 4

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – 2 p.m.
Holiday and school release 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. 21: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 25: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 18: Noon – 6 p.m.

Rentals

View the warming house and outdoor rink rental application.

Warming house rentals

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 only at Nelson Park.

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

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.

Cocoa and skating

Enjoy free hot cocoa all day at these parks!

Date Location
Thursday, Dec. 27 Browndale Park, 4955 Morningside Rd 
Monday, Dec. 31 Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S. (Free cocoa 6  9 p.m. only)
Monday, Jan. 21 Browndale Park, 4955 Morningside Rd.
Monday, Feb. 18 Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave. S.

ROC ice arena

The ROC ice area will have open public skating Nov. 9 – March 17 (weather permitting) and open pond hockey from Nov. 10 – March 17. View the ROC page for more information.