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Winter Recreation at Hopkins Park

Get outside this winter and enjoy some outdoor recreation at the Sled Hill or Ice Rink, located in Hopkins Park at 1403 Sycamore Road.

Sled Hill

Residents and non-residents are free to use the Sled Hill located at Hopkins Park, at their own risk during regular park hours, daily, 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

Sled Hill Rules

  • Bring your own sled!
  • Users assume full responsibility for determining if the conditions are right for sledding.
  • Guardians/parents are responsible for the safety and behavior of their children. No supervision is provided by the Park District.
  • Use caution when sledding and be considerate of others.
  • SLEDDING ONLY! No skis or snowboards allowed.
  • Sledding is permitted only in designated areas and on the side of the hill designated for sledding.
  • Do not build ramps/moguls on the Sled Hill.
  • Sledding is a recreational activity that presents inherent risks. Sled at your own risk.
  • NO SMOKING ALLOWED
  • NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED
  • Call 911 with emergencies

Ice Rink

The Ice Rink opens when weather permits. The Ice Rink is open daily, 30 minutes before sunrise until 9 pm when the lights are shut off. Residents and non-residents are free to skate at their own risk during the hours of operations.

The temperature must be below 20 degrees for several days for District staff to be able to make ice. Temperatures must remain below freezing for the ice to remain skateable. The District will post notification on social media and here when the rink opens for the season and if there are seasonal closures. Children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult, 16 and older.

Ice Rink Open/Closed Status

Hockey

Hockey play is only allowed on the following days and times. This includes use of sticks and pucks during open skate time. Use of safety equipment is mandatory.

Mondays & Wednesdays

4-5 pm Hockey: Middle School and younger
5-6 pm Hockey: High School and older

Saturdays & Sundays

9-10 am Hockey: Middle School and younger
10-11 am Hockey: High School and older

Ice Rink Frequently-Asked-Questions

When will the rink open? The temperature must be below 20 degrees for several days for District staff to be able to make ice. Temperatures must remain below freezing for the ice to remain skateable. The District will post notification on social media and the website when the rink opens for the season and if there are seasonal closures.

What is open skate? Residents and non-residents are free to skate at their own risk during the hours of operations specified by the DeKalb Park District.

Will the ice rink be supervised? No. The ice rink will not be staffed.

Where is the ice rink? The rink is located at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, Illinois, in the north parking lot between Hopkins Pool and the tennis courts.

How much does it cost to skate? Open skating is free! No admission required.

Can I rent skates onsite? Skate rentals are not available onsite, and skates are required to enter the ice rink.

Is there an age restriction? There is no age restriction for skating, but children 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult 16 and older. Please also consider your health before skating. Pregnant persons or those with medical conditions are advised to exercise extreme caution.

Is there seating for spectators? There are benches available to use.

Where can I park? We recommend parking in the Hopkins Park Parking lot next to the playground or in the south lot. The ice rink is set up in the north parking lot and parking will not be permitted in this lot.

Are there restrooms available? Yes, there are portable restroom available by the playground year-round.

Are food and beverage allowed at the rink? Food and beverage are allowed at the rink, but no food or beverage may be brought onto the ice. Please clean up after yourself using the on-site garbage cans.

Is there a concession stand on-site? No, the DeKalb Park District does not offer on-site concessions.

Can the rinks be used for hockey? Yes. Hockey is only permitted during the select times above.

How often is the ice resurfaced? The DeKalb Park District Parks will resurface and groom the ice as needed. This will be determined by traffic on the ice and weather conditions. Ice resurfacing intermissions may take place at any time during public sessions and are usually in the morning. All skaters must leave the ice while it is being groomed and are not allowed back on until grooming is complete.

What type of clothing should I wear? Ice skating is an outdoor activity and our rink is in the open. We advise patrons to dress warmly and appropriately for the weather. No warming house is provided.

What do I do with personal belongings? There are no lockers or storage locations on-site. The DeKalb Park District is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Only essential items that can stay on your person should be brought to the ice rink. All additional items should be left at home or locked safely In your car.

Are pets allowed? Pets are welcome to the park, but absolutely no pets are allowed on the ice. They're not to be left unattended under any circumstance and must remain on a leash at all times. The police will be called if a pet is found unattended in the park.

I am in a wheelchair; can I go out on the ice? Wheelchairs are welcome on the ice. For safety purposes, you will need to be accompanied by an aide able to walk the ice in rubber-cleated spikes or skate with you in ice skates.

I have another question not listed above. Who can I contact? For questions regarding the rules, regulations, and use of the Ice, contact the District at (815) 758-6663 or email memken@dekalbparkdistrict.com.