Parks and Recreation functions:
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Outdoor skating rinks and warming houses
All Warming Houses are closed for the 2013 - 2014 season!
The Oak Grove Skating Rink is being replaced for the 2014-2015 season. Boards, nets and posts are being removed during spring 2014 and new equipment will be installed in the fall.
2013 - 2014 skating season information
Weather line: 952-563-8878, option 3
Dates: December 14, 2013 - February 17, 2014 and extended season. Hours vary based on location and staff availability. Please see the site calendars below for specific hours. Read about rink closures due to inclement weather.
Parks and Recreation is operating 15 outdoor ice skating sites this winter. All outdoor rink skating sites except Logan Playlot, Westwood and Running provide a warming house, one general rink, one hockey rink and floodlights. Logan Playlot provides a non-lighted general rink only. Westwood and Running sites provide a warming house, one general rink, two hockey rinks and floodlights. Some sites are supervised by a Parks and Recreation employee during public skating hours.
No hockey or broomball games are allowed on the general skating rinks unless otherwise specified. Injuries and other incidents must be reported to the Warming House Attendant immediately.
Facing off at the rink.
Rinks may be rented. Please call Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877 for more information.
The Bloomington Ice Garden provides indoor skating programs and opportunities.
Please click on the following links for site specific warming house hours. Warming houses are kept locked except when staff are present. All sites (except Logan) will be lit during evening hours whether or not the warming house is open. Outdoor benches are always available for changing into and out of skates. Updates to calendars are made each Friday by noon.
Broomball in Bloomington
Tretbaugh park has two BROOMBALL ONLY rinks. No skating allowed. For information regarding Broomball leagues please click on the following links.
Outdoor ice sheets are created using Bloomington's water trucks. The trucks work much faster than conventional flooding with a high-volume hose. When temperatures fall low enough, City crews work to build an ice sheet, layer by layer, over a period of about 10 days.
Rinks are maintained six days a week, weather permitting. Typical maintenance includes scraping bumps and rough spots from the ice using a tractor-mounted shaver, sweeping to clear the debris, and then spraying fresh water to form a new top layer of ice.
For up-to-date information, call the Weather Line at 952-563-8878, option 3.
We reserve the right to close rinks whenever we feel it is in the best interest and safety of the participants. Rinks will usually follow the schedule listed above, unless:
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