Outdoor Skating Rinks

'Nice Ice' Requires Certain ConditionsSpectrum November 2021

Updated: November 23, 2021

As the seasons begin the inevitable transition from fall to winter, many are already anxiously awaiting a popular cold-weather activity - outdoor skating! 

Elk River Park Maintenance staff hope with Mother Nature’s cooperation, they can start making ice in the next few weeks. However, it’s important for residents to know, to create “nice ice” specific conditions must be present for a particular period of time. As a rule of thumb, at least three consecutive days of nighttime temperatures below 10 degrees and daytime temps not to exceed 20 degrees are needed. Also, there must be 6-8 inches of frost in the ground before the ice making process can begin, because if watering occurs too early, the frost can actually be pulled out of the ground, thus prolonging the process of getting the rink up and running.

Stay tuned for updates on ice making activities, conditions, and potential rink openings in the coming weeks!

Rink Locations

Handke Pit (1133 4th Street NW) is the most popular outdoor rink in town, featuring two rinks with boards, an open skate area, and a warming house which is not open at this time. Once open, warming house hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday 3:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Weekends and holidays 1:00-9:00 p.m.

Spectrum Athletic Fields (10129 181st Avenue NW) continuing the city's partnership with Spectrum, in 2021-2022 an additional rink with boards, a warming house, and lights is now available here. 

Public Skating Rinks - No Warming Houses

The city maintains two unsupervised general skating rinks in the following neighborhood parks without warming houses:

  • Mississippi Oaks Park (17998 Elgin Street)
  • Riverplace Park (13818 186th Lane)