Outdoor ice rinks

Outdoor skating rink flooding delayed due to lack of frost in ground

(Updated December 19, 2014) Due to temperatures that have resulted in little to no frost in the ground, outdoor ice rink flooding has been delayed until further notice. Lack of frost in the ground causes several issues for outdoor skating rink flooding:

  • Unpaved surfaces don't hold water due to the lack of frost - the water simply seeps into the ground instead of staying on the surface.
  • Because the ground is soft, the water truck needed to flood the rinks can't travel over grassy areas to reach the rinks without causing major damage to sod that would later need repairs.

We understand residents are eager to get outside and enjoy outdoor ice skating this season. As soon as the weather cooperates and creates conditions conducive to outdoor rink flooding, Minnetonka Public Works staff will work around the clock to build up ice and create the rinks.

Please watch this page for more information or call 952.933.8355 (press 4) for updates.

Cold Weather Policy

The guideline used by recreation services to determine whether or not to keep warming houses open is if the wind chill is minus 15 degrees or the air temperature is minus 10 degrees. We also consider the amount of snow and whether or not staff can maintain the ice. Please call the weather hotline for the most updated information: 952.933.8355 (press 4).

Locations

Skating rinks with warming houses are located at eight Minnetonka locations and six Hopkins park locations. Warming houses and rinks are located in Minnetonka at Boulder Creek, Covington, Gro Tonka, McKenzie, Meadow and Spring Hill parks and at Gatewood and Glen Lake schools. Hopkins warming houses and rinks are located at Burnes, Central, Harley Hopkins, Interlachen, Oakes and Valley parks. Visit the Parks page for street addresses.