Ice Skating Rinks
Due to unseasonably warm weather, ice rink warming houses are closed beginning 1/27/2024. Rink conditions vary. Please use caution and only skate where conditions allow.
Ice Skating: The Great Minnesota Pastime
New Brighton is proud to offer our residents and visitors access to several communal ice skating rinks. Each park has a pleasure rink. Hansen and Freedom also have a hockey rink. Sunny Square and Totem Pole Parks will not have rinks this season due to construction but they will return in winter 2024-2025.
Please Note: None of the skating rinks located in New Brighton offer ice skate rental.
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- Monday through Friday
4:30 to 8:30 pm
- Saturday through Sunday
Noon to 8:30 pm
|2121 14th Street NW
|January 16, 2024
|January 27, 2024
|1555 5th Street NW
|January 16, 2024
|January 27, 2024
Extended or altered hours
- 12/24 - noon - 5:00 pm
- 12/25 - closed
- 12/26-12/29 - noon -8:30 pm
- 12/31 - noon - 5:00 pm
- 1/1 - closed
- 1/15 - noon - 8:30 pm
- 1/25 and 1/26 - noon - 8:30 pm
Rules for Safe Ice Skating
- No fast or careless skating
- No more than three persons allowed to hold hands while skating
- Jumps and spins allowed only at center rink or designated areas during public skate
- No one allowed on the ice during resurfacing
- No food or beverages allowed on Ice
- No horseplay or potentially unsafe games allowed on ice (i.e. tag or whip)
- Carrying children on the ice is prohibited
- Skaters must skate with the flow of traffic
- Sticks and pucks are allowed only during designated times
- User groups are responsible for cleanup, damages, and conduct of participants and spectators on and off the ice during private facility rentals
- Those participating in facility activities assume all inherent risk and responsibilities whether spectator or participant
- The City of New Brighton is not responsible for unattended, lost or stolen articles
- Inappropriate use of profanity, tobacco, alcohol, or sunflower seeds or may be asked to leave and be suspended from any activity at the facility for a period of time at the discretion of facility management
- Management is not responsible for lost or stolen articles
Questions? Contact [email protected] or call us at 651-638-2130.
All About Ice
Ever wonder what goes into creating and maintaining outdoor ice rinks? It takes a perfect mix of weather conditions and diligent work by the New Brighton park maintenance staff. Learn all about it here!
Establishing and maintaining an ice rink is largely affected by the condition of the ground or surface underneath, daily temperatures, and precipitation. It takes a minimum of ten consecutive days of below freezing temperatures during the day and night to establish properly.
Step one: Build a base. While we may not like snow falling in our driveways or streets, it is a valuable tool for outdoor rink building. The fallen snow is compacted and provides two benefits, the white color of the snow helps prevent melting and the compacted snow helps hold the water when flooding begins.
Step two: Add the first layer. The next step is to saturate the field with water, this creates the first layer of ice. No two rinks are alike; the amount of water to build the foundation varies based on field conditions. Some fields have low pockets that must be filled in more than fields that are flat. Until a layer of frost has been created, it is not possible to have solid ice.
Step three: Flood the field. When temperatures are right, we flood the fields using fire hoses or a 3,000 gallon tank truck. Anything more or less than one inch of water at a time will create air pockets and prevent smooth, solid ice from forming. The ideal temperature for this process is between zero and ten degrees. If it is too cold (-10 degrees or lower) the ice would freeze too quickly and become brittle.
By following this process we result in a smooth finish on the ice! Setbacks that may require additional flooding include:
- Snowfall: Snow needs to be removed because a blanket of snow insulates the rink and slows the freezing process.
- Warm temperatures: Thawing softens the ice and something the ground underneath. Thawing also breaks down the areas that cover low pockets creating weak spots.
This includes clearing the snow or shavings from the previous day's activities, repairing the gouges and ruts and putting down more water as time permits. Hockey boards, netting, goals and runways are inspected for needed repair. Our ice rink maintenance team is also responsible for snow removal in the City, if heavy snow occurs it is not likely rinks will be skateable that day. In addition, if temperatures are considered too warm, the ice can be further damaged by our equipment. Soft ice creates unsafe conditions that can lead to injuries.
Like many other park systems, our rink season typically runs until mid-February regardless of when the season starts. After mid-February, ice conditions start to deteriorate very quickly due to the late winter sun. Even if temperatures are around freezing, the higher, stronger sun causes issues such as frost boils, honeycombing and melting along the edges of the rinks which make the rink unsafe for skaters.
To extend the season, our maintenance staff works to keep a few rinks in each area throughout the city open until early March. These rinks are selected because of their location (in the city and in the park itself), ice rink base (athletic field or other area) and several other factors. However, even with the additional staff and extra effort, those rinks are not always in the best condition. Additionally, if the weather is unusually warm for more than a few days, those rinks will also become unsafe and need to close for the season.