Thanks to the early cold snap, residents are already taking advantage of ice-skating rinks at Evanston parks.

As weather permits this winter, skating rinks will be created at Ackerman Park at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue, the Dawes Park Lagoon at Sheridan Road and Church Street and Baker Park at Forest Avenue and Keeney Street.

Thanks to the early cold snap, residents are already taking advantage of ice-skating rinks at Evanston parks.

As weather permits this winter, skating rinks will be created at Ackerman Park at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue, the Dawes Park Lagoon at Sheridan Road and Church Street and Baker Park at Forest Avenue and Keeney Street.

City officials caution that there are no attendants on duty to supervise the rinks and shelter houses are not be open.

Skating conditions vary throughout the season, based on air temperature, sunshine levels and snowfall. The Dawes Park Lagoon has good quality ice most frequently, as it is not created on turf.

The folks who make the rinks say that to make ice that’s ready for skating requires three consecutive days of temperatures 15 degrees or lower to have sufficient frost penetration of the ground. Then it takes at least six days of applying water to have ice thick enough to skate on.

Either a warm spell or significant snowfall will disrupt the ice-making process.

Traditionally, the latest time that skating takes place is in mid-February. For a recorded message regarding outdoor ice rink conditions, you can call 847-859-7822, extension 8.

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6 Comments

  1. The recorded message says

    The recorded message says that "Extension 8" is "Aquatics Camp" but it does, in fact, provide information about ice skating.

  2. When will they open?

     Does anyone know when the rinks will open?   I know some of our neighbors have their community rinks up and running.

    I believe we’ve had our 3 consecutive days of cold.

    Thanks

    1. Call the hotline

       Hi Jane,

      If you called the hotline number listed in the story you would hear that at the moment the ice is "good" at the Dawes Lagoon, "OK" at Baker and non-existent at Ackerman.

      — Bill

    2. Don’t hold your breath…

      Year in and year out, Evanston does the poorest job of getting the rinks open (and maintaining them) of any community around.  Last year was typical– I skated numerous times at Gilson, but the Evanston rinks never got it together enough to have even a single day of good skating on good ice.  For the past decade or so I have become convinced that the city has bitten off more than it can chew– instead of trying to get mutiple rinks going and failing on all counts, why not focus manpower and resources on one site (lagoon is the obvious choice) and have a place where people can go and actually enjoy a quality skate?

      1. I agree!

        I love having the options of places. There can’t be a more beautiful place to skate than the Lagoon, but as I get older I need to know I won’t fall on the bumps. One great rink would be better than 3 okay ones.

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