Bundle up and get outside to practice your skating skills this winter at one of Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department's free ice rinks.
The rinks, located at Bever Park (2700 Bever Ave SE) and Arthur School (2630 B Ave NE), are back for the first time in four years thanks to cooler temperatures that allowed them to be built and remain frozen. They required four inches of frost, a minimum of three nights with below zero temperatures to freeze 8 to 12 inches of water and daytime temperatures that stayed below 32 degrees over a 72-hour time span to keep the ice frozen.
The rinks are a perfect place to bring your kids, a date or to enjoy for yourself! They are open for all recreational use and are not scheduled or supervised.
So be thankful and enjoy this free activity that this cold winter has allowed! The rinks will remain open for as long as weather conditions permit — so don't miss out!
Bever Park, 2700 Bever Ave. SE
Arthur School, 2630 B Ave. NE
- Open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Lighted from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m
Looking for other fun and affordable ways to enjoy a snow-covered winter? Check out the cross country ski trails at Cherry Hill Park, Seminole Valley Park, Ellis Golf Course, Jones Golf Course, Twin Pines Golf Course and the Sac and Fox Trail. Trails are open and marked but not groomed. Sledding hills at Bowman, Jones and Shawnee Parks in Cedar Rapids and Squaw Creek Park in Marion are also great options. Or, for just $8 per person, rent snow shoes at Indian Creek Nature Center so long as there is five or more inches of snow cover.
Call the Cedar Rapids winter hotline for information on openings and conditions: 319-286-5700