The weather has been cold enough for ice to form, so you can get out the skates for the season. Remember that most of the outdoor rinks are maintained by volunteers and weather does affect the quality of ice. Know of any other rinks? Add them to the comments.
Slice of Ice on Water Street has been open since mid December. With the best groomed ice and convenience for toilets, hot chocolate and snacks, this is often my first choice. If you have your own skates, it's free to use the ice. If you need skates, you can rent them there. Skates are $8 for adults and $7 for kids. Skate sharpening is $6.
Here is the county park link for all the outdoor ice spaces. For specific information on each park, there are multiple links on that page to the friends group that manages volunteers for the rinks. I'll highlight just a few updates here.
The Friends of Center Street Park have two rinks this year at Center Street Park funded in part by Waterstone Bank. 2017-2018 Hours of Operation (may vary based on weather conditions)
Rink: Everyday Sunrise-10pm
Warming House: Monday-Friday 4pm-9:45pm; Saturday-Sunday 12pm-9:45pm
Skate Lending: Saturday-Sunday 12pm-4pm (Based on availability of volunteers; to check out the most up-to-date hours and to volunteer yourself, visit our Volunteer Sign Up Page)
My favorite outdoor space is at Washington Park Urban Ecology Center. There you can borrow ice skates and walk just outside the door to the ice. You may have to help with shoveling if there's been a recent snowfall. If you tire of skating, they also have sleds, snowshoes, and skis available to members. This is a bargain for anyone not wanting to purchase and store lots of cold weather gear. Annual membership begins at just $30!
Fox Point has a rink at Longacre Park, 7343 N. Longacre Road. Check the warming house hours at this link. You can sign up for notifications at this link.
The Hales Corner Ice Rink (Alyson Dudek International Ice Rink) is open from 9 am-9 pm.
In Shorewood, skate at the Lake Bluff Ice Rink. Check the Facebook page for updates.
Klode Park in Whitefish Bay has a rink with warming house and toilets. Bring your own skates.
Greendale Park & Rec maintains a rink at the middle school, 6800 Schoolway. Open from 8 am-9 pm.
|The Washington Park Urban Ecology Center has chairs and skate rental for first time skaters|
If you prefer indoor ice, you can always check out Wilson Ice Arena. You can rent skates ($3) and skate for a fee of $3.50-6 depending on age. The Glow Skate sessions are lots of fun, but this link never seems to be updated regularly so follow the County Parks weekly update for more information on when those will occur in 2018.