The City of Evanston’s three outdoor ice skating rinks are now officially closed for the season, thanks to the relatively mild weather we’ve had in recent days.

Typically, the outdoor ice skating season runs from December to February at the rinks at Ackerman Park on Central Street at McDaniel Avenue, the lagoon at Dawes Park on Sheridan Road at Church Street and Baker Park on Forest Avenue at Keeney Street.

But residents can still skate indoors at the Robert Crown Ice Complex at 1701 Main St.

Ice skating is available on the main rink 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. And its available on the studio rink 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Mondays; 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays; and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Admission is $6 and skate rental is $3. The annual skate pass is $100. For more information, call 847-448-8258.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Outdoor skating rinks

    I have wondered for years why the city continues to spend money when the weather rarely , if ever, is such that they can be used for more than a few days.  Does the city keep any track of usable days and attempt to monitor use in some way?

    1. Only thing I would add to

      Only thing I would add to that is number of people that use them. See lots of comment on other sites about nothing for teenagers to do in Evanston. Are these being used?

    2. Ice skating

      In past years, the city has done very little if anything to make or maintain ice. Most of the time the ice is maintained by a small band of kids and their parents. I have spent hours clearing the ice at a number of venues. At one point, there was a dad who used to bring his own hose down to the lagoon and spray it down when the wheather permitted… until the city put a lock on his water source! I wouldn't worry too much about the cost… there are plenty of other programs where the city wastes money…unfortunately, kids don't skate as much as they used to… to many other activities!

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