Thanks to the recent wave of cold temperatures, City of Evanston parks crews were able to flood the three outdoor ice rinks for community members to enjoy skating outdoors at their neighborhood parks this weekend. This year, community members can skate at:


  • Bent Park, Central St. at Cowper Ave.
  • Arrington Lagoon at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St.
  • Baker Park, Forest Ave. at Keeney St.


Baker and Bent Parks will officially open to the public on Saturday, January 10 while the Arrington Lagoon location is expected to open on Sunday, January 11. Signs will be posted to alert residents when ice is thick enough to skate safely. For an update on outdoor ice rink conditions, please visit or call 847-859-7822, ext. 8.


Please note that attendants will not be on duty to supervise rinks and shelter houses will be closed.


Residents who prefer to participate in indoor activities this winter can take advantage of the Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex, located at 1701 Main St. Ice skating is available on the main rink Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sundays, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Ice skating is also available on the studio rink on Mondays, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.; Fridays, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturdays, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Admission is $8 and skate rental is $3. The annual skate pass is $125. For more information, please call 847-448-8258.


Evanston community members are also reminded that sledding, tobogganing, skiing and snowboarding on the James Park large center hill is prohibited by Ordinance (Evanston City Code 7-10-4). Evanston police and park supervisors are instructed to issue violation tickets to those individuals trespassing on the center large hill. 

Sledding on the small and intermediate hill is at the user’s own risk. No tobogganing, skiing or snowboarding is permitted. Users assume full responsibility for determining if conditions are safe for sledding. Adults are responsible for supervising children in their care.