Refrigerated outdoor skating rinks open for season in St. Paul

Refrigerated rinks at North Dale Recreation Center, Palace Recreation Center, Landmark Center and Phalen Recreation Center are open for the season with other outdoor rinks opening soon.

Thanks in part to the recent cold winter weather, Saint Paul’s four refrigerated outdoor skating rinks are now open for the season with the other outdoor skating rinks opening soon.

Refrigerated outdoor skating rinks help maintain superior ice quality during unseasonably warm temperatures and allow for the rinks to open earlier in the winter and stay open later in the spring. St. Paul’s Department of Parks and Recreation currently operates four refrigerated rinks located at North Dale Recreation Center (1414 St. Albans St. N.), Palace Recreation Center (781 Palace Ave.), Phalen Recreation Center (1000 E Wheelock Parkway) and the Wells Fargo WinterSkate rink located in downtown Saint Paul at the Landmark Center.

In addition to the four refrigerated rinks, the parks department also operates more than 20 quality outdoor skating rinks, including hockey rinks, general skating rinks and broomball specific rinks located throughout the city. These non-refrigerated rinks are currently being flooded and will be opening as soon as the rink conditions allow. To view a list of which rinks are currently open and their warming house hours, click on the winter activities tab on the Parks and Recreation website: www.stpaul.gov/parks and then click on Ice Rinks.

All of the outdoor skating rinks operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation are free of charge and open to the public. Every year, Saint Paul’s ice skating rinks serve more than 100,000 skaters throughout the city. A complete list of rink locations, warming house hours and other winter activities offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation can be found by clicking on the Winter Activities link on the Parks and Recreation website www.stpaul.gov/parks.

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