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.

The Sled Hill is CLOSED until we get more snow.
We appreciate  your understanding and cooperation so that the exposed ground is not damaged.


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 (Mon–Fri) 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!

This picture at West Park was taken when the temperature was -3 degrees! Great work being done by our outstanding crew in these frigid conditions. Not only do they take care of parking lots, buildings and sidewalks—they also do a fantastic job making the rinks skateable for everyone.

Watch a video about how our crew builds
ice rinks in neighborhood parks

WINTER RINK UPDATES: Look for updates on the quality of the ice in all locations on this page throughout the winter. Watch for quick info on this website page, the Park District App, Facebook, and Twitter.  Read about our free app here, put it on your phone and stay up to date on park district facilities, programs and events.

Winter 2022
Please note that there will not be ice at Lake Park in winter 2021–22.


NEW! Arndt Park. Open daily until 10:00p. One hockey goal.
Bluett Park. Open daily until 10:00p. One hockey goal. At night, please be considerate of the folks who live around the park.
Cornell Park. Open daily until 10:00p. One hockey goal. Recreational skaters have priority here.
Because Cornell Park is in a residential area, we ask that skaters be considerate of our neighbors.
West Park. Open daily until 10:00p. One hockey goal.

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

West Park.

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711