Central Park Ice Skating Trail Now Open
The highly anticipated ice skating trail at Central Park is now open! Central Park puts Maple Grove on the map as the first refrigerated ice skating trail in Minnesota. That’s right, not an ice rink but an ice trail. And in fact, it’s one of only a small handful in North America.
Maple Grove now joins the ranks of Toronto, where you’ll find a similar skating trail, and Chicago, whose highly anticipated ice skating ribbon opened in 2014 near Millennium Park. You may find natural ice skating trails plowed over a frozen lake in some states, but only a few refrigerated and maintained ice loops like Central Park’s exist.
Drastically different than a traditional ice rink, Central Park’s skating trail is a meandering, 800’ loop that winds its way through the park landscape (for comparison, a lap around a traditional hockey rink is 570’). This design offers a more sensory experience and a very welcome change in scenery while skating; the feeling is less like skating laps and more like a stroll through the park. However, like a rink, the skating loop is refrigerated and maintained by a Zamboni. This means the skating loop can open earlier in the season and remain open longer than most outdoor rinks.
Skate Rental and Concession Hours
4:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Monday - Friday
10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Saturday & Sunday
The ice skating loop is open for skating even when the building is closed. There are benches near the ice for putting on your skates.
Christmas Day: Building Closed
Christmas Eve: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
New Year's Eve & New Year's Day: 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Non-School Days: 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.