Outdoor Ice Rinks

Thanks to this season’s consistently cold weather, outdoor ice rinks are popping up all over, including five throughout the Naperville Park District.

“Nike Sports Complex, Commissioners Park, Centennial Park, and then we have two other parks, Gartner Park and Meadow Glens Park. All are natural ice rinks, so we actually come out and flood different area’s of the park to be able to form the ice rinks each year,” said the Park District’s Director of Recreation, Brad Wilson.

Park District rinks are open daily, making them a great way to spend the day with family and friends over the holiday season.

“The parks at Nike, Commissioners, and Centennial have lights so we do allow skating until 10 p.m.,” said Wilson.

New this year, skaters can find out the best time to hit the rink using their phones.

“Residents can go online and register to receive text messages or email messages when the status of a rink changes. So when we have to close a rink because the ice is too soft, or we’ve opened a rink and are ready for skating, we will update a status and they can automatically receive an update,” said Wilson.

The Park District isn’t the only place to lace up your skates, for the first time ever, Hotel Arista is making their own outdoor rink.

“We wanted to do something as a sot to the neighborhood, something for families in the area to come out and have some winter fun and bring people out to our campus, it’s a great chance to get the kids out here and have some fun,” said Marketing Manager for Hotel Arista, Brett Thomas.

Their city gate winter skate will be open to the public as soon as the water freezes.

“Once the water freezes and we test it and make sure it’s safe we will give an announcement out through social media,” said Thomas.

While retention ponds and rivers may look frozen solid, the only way to ensure your safety is to skate on a regularly tested rink.

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