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Ice Rinks & Sledding

Ice Rink and Sled Hill Status

Betty Russell Park Hockey Rink   CLOSED  
Betty Russell Park Recreational Rink   CLOSED  
Esper Petersen Park Ice Rink   CLOSED  
Christine Thompson Park Ice Rink   CLOSED  
Christine Thompson Sled Hill   CLOSED  

The Gurnee Park District operates and maintains an outdoor hockey rink and three unsupervised figure skating ice rinks within the District boundaries. Weather permitting, the rinks are generally established by mid-December and maintained through mid-February.

Ice Rink & Sled Hill* Locations

  • Betty Russell Community Park offers a figure skating and hockey rink, a warming shelter and restrooms. The park is located in the Pembrook area at 5300 Pinewood Road (at the corner of Pinewood and Lawson Boulevard).
  • Esper Petersen Park ice rink is located on the corner of Old Grand Avenue and Kilbourne Road.
  • *Christine Thompson Community Park is located at the corner of Woodlawn and Belle Plaine Avenues. This park has both a figure skating rink and sled hill.

All ice skating rinks are unsupervised and for recreational use.

Skating Hours

Monday - Friday   4:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday   11:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday   12:00noon - 6:00pm
School Holidays   11:00am - 8:00pm

Skateable Ice

The following criteria must be met in order to develop skateable ice including 5-7 inches of ground frost, average temperatures of 20 degrees F or colder for five consecutive days, a minimum of five days to spray and freeze to make ice and periodic sweeping and resurfacing as needed depending on weather conditions.

For ice rink conditions, please call

Ice Rink Hotline 847 599-3774
Gurnee Park District 847 623-7788

A flag system is used at Betty Russell Park to alert skaters of the ice rink conditions.

Green Flag = Open

Red Flag = Closed