Des Plaines Park District

Ice Skating and Sledding


Map and directions.

Rules & Regulations

The Arndt Park Sled Hill is an unsupervised recreation area.
You assume the full risk and responsibility for determining that all conditions are safe for using
the hill for sledding, snowboarding, and similar activities. You further assume full risk and responsibility for any injury resulting from using the sled hill, or from being on or around the sled hill.

When is the sled hill open?

During daylight hours, when the amount of snow is sufficient for sledding.
After dusk, when the lights are on, the sled hill closes at 10:00pm.
After dusk, if the lights are not on, the sled hill is closed.
Sledding, snowboarding, and similar activities are only permitted within the fenced area.

Posted Thursday, March 7

No snow base.  The sled hill is closed.


Ice making conditions

We need several days of below freezing temperatures in order to fill the rinks and make and maintain good, smooth ice.
Updates are posted here and on Facebook. You can also call 847-391-5700 and 847-391-5711 for up to date information on ice conditions across the district.

When the weather turns cold enough, ice rinks are installed in these parks. Throughout the winter, we post conditions for each location.
Our crew works in the early morning hours to make ice at the four outdoor rinks. If you see them, say hi. Or bring them a hot cocoa!

Posted Thursday, March 7

PLEASE NOTE: Due to warming temperatures (Spring?), the skating season is over. We will not be making more ice in any of the rinks. See you next year!

Bluett Park Open, but ice is only in fair condition. Use caution.
Cornell Park Good ice for skating.
Because Cornell Park is in a residential area, we ask that skaters be considerate of our neighbors.
Lake Park  Closed for the season.
At Lake Park, hockey players are responsible for any damage to homes around Lake Park due to flying pucks.
West Park Ice is in fair to good condition for skating. Lights will be turned on around 5:00p.

Rules & Regulations

The Park District provides unsupervised ice skating areas only in these parks:

You assume the full risk and responsibility for determining that all conditions are safe for ice skating and sledding, including ice hockey and similar activities, and you further assume all risk and responsibility for any injury resulting from using any unsupervised ice skating areas.

If you have questions about ice skating and sledding, please call.
Oakwood Maintenance Facility: 847-391-5744 (M–F, 8:30–3:00)
Administrative & Leisure Center: 847-391-5700 (M–F, 8:30–5:00)
Prairie Lakes Community Center: 847-391-5711 (M–Th, 5:30–10:30; F, 5:30–9:30; S/S 7:00–5:00)


Ice Skarting and Sledding

The ice rink at West Park