Outdoor Ice Skating Now Open!


Outdoor ice rinks are now open at all three Evanston locations: Ackerman Park, Baker Park, and Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park. As weather conditions change, visit the City’s website or text SKATE to 847-448-4311 for an automated response, to check the Current Outdoor Rink Status 

Rink Locations:

  • Ackerman Park, Central St. at McDaniel Ave.
  • Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St.
  • Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.

Note: Indoor public skating is available at Robert Crown Center)

General Information

  • It takes more then just a cold night and a lot of water to provide a good skating rink. It takes several days and nights of applying water during cold temperatures to have ice thick enough to skate upon.
  • The ground temperature is also an important factor. The Public Works Department monitors frost depth and will make ice when conditions are appropriate and the forecast is for continued cold weather.
  • Outdoor ice has imperfections and the condition of the ice can change quickly due to temperature changes, snowfall, etc. Please check the condition of the ice before you skate to make sure conditions are safe.
  • Like all sports and activities, ice skating can be dangerous. By visiting the rink you are acknowledging such and are skating at your own risk.
  • Ackerman  Park and Baker Park rinks have plastic liners. If someone skates when the ice is too thin, the blades may break through the ice and cut the liner. If the liner is cut, water escapes and it makes it harder for crews to make ice.
  • In the winter months, Public Works crews work on the rinks (when conditions are favorable), Monday through Friday. They do not work on holidays or the weekends. During snow events, their first priority will be the removal of snow from City buildings’ parking lots, sidewalks, and paths. The outdoor rinks will be cleared after snow has been cleared from these facilities.
  • We anticipate the outdoor ice season to be mid-December through mid-February depending on the weather.
  • Please be aware that there are no attendants on duty to supervise rinks and shelter houses will not be open.


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