Winter is the best time to lace up your skates, here’s where you can get on the ice in Naperville.
The Naperville Park District offers outdoor skating rinks for those who want the classical feeling of skating outside.
“In many areas we either flood a volleyball court that has a liner in it or we have some low lying areas that we will add water to once the ground is frozen, and then we allow that to freeze and continue to maintain it,” said Brad Wilson, Director of Recreation with the Naperville Park District. “We need several days of subfreezing temperatures to be able to actually begin the ice making process.”
The park district maintains seven rinks in five different parks, including Centennial Park near downtown where boarded hockey rinks are also available for people to play the winter sport.
But make sure you bring your own skates because there are no rentals, and don’t forget to keep your eyes on the weather.
“Throughout the course of the winter we do monitor the rinks on a daily basis and as long as we have very cold nights and it doesn’t get too far above freezing during the course of the day we may be able to keep some of the rinks open,” said Wilson. “We post the status of the rinks whether they are open or closed on the park district’s website at the rain outline link.”
If the weather isn’t right outside for skating, or if you don’t have your own gear, you can always head indoors to hit the ice.
All Seasons Ice Rinks is the place to skate indoors in Naperville. It offers gear rentals, lessons, and public skating seven days a week all year long.
“It’s kind of an iconic facility, it opened in 1972 and has been going strong ever since. Many people from when I started skating at the age of four, until now, still come back to All Seasons because we skated here at one time in our lives,” said Vicki Revere, Skating Director at All Seasons Ice Rinks. “We’ve all gone different ways but always seem to come back to here to enjoy skating again.”
If this is your first time putting on ice skates, make sure they’re tied tightly to support your ankles. And if you fall, don’t sweat it.
“Actually when you do fall on the ice, and everybody falls, it’s not uncommon to fall,” said Revere. “You always want to put your hands in the air and not fall forward. You always want to go with it, is what I tell the kids, just go with it and sit down. You can always get back up.”
Whether you’re a hockey veteran or this will be your first time on a rink, there’s always a place for you to get your skate on.
Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean ponds are safe to skate on, so make sure you stick to the regulated rinks.
Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.
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