1/16/17: The Skate Pond at West Park is closed until further notice.
For updated daily information regarding hours and conditions, please call the Ice Rink Information Line at 847-234-6702, ext.5.
Outdoor Ice Skating
The City of Lake Forest maintains outdoor skating facilities at West Park with a warming house with bathrooms and ice rink guards. West Park also has lights for night skating and hockey boards.
Please do not skate on the ice when "NO SKATING” sign are posted as the ice becomes more dangerous as a result of the skating. Guards are on duty, when the ice is safe to skate on, during the following hours:
Monday - Thursday 3:30-9:00 p.m.
Friday 3:30-10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00-9:00 p.m.
For information regarding ice conditions please call:
ICE RINK INFORMATION LINE: 847-234-6702 ext. 5
Skate Pond Information
There are many factors that go into the decision if the ice is open for skating. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn't necessarily mean the ice is ready. For the ice to be ready, we need the temperatures to be in the teens or low twenties at night for several consecutive nights, without snow.
Rain, snow and vandalism to the ice can delay the ice from freezing even when weather conditions are perfect. Damage is caused by walking through thin ice or by debris being thrown onto the freezing ice. It takes a great deal of labor to remove footprints and debris from the ice and thus prevents the ice from having a smooth and safe surface for your enjoyment.
Snow creates problems as well: snow insulates the ice from cold night time temperatures and slows the freezing rate. Our parks department is responsible for snow removal at all of our facilities including the parking lots and all walkways. It will not be until it stops snowing that the skate pond is addressed. Once the snow stops and all other facilities are cleared, snow removal at the skate pond will begin.
A sign is placed outside the rink indicating the status of the rink. If the sign indicates that the rink is closed, please stay off the ice so we can avoid any delays in getting the skate pond opened.
You can always check the status of the skate pond by visiting our website at lfparksandrec.com or calling the program information hotline at 847-234-6702 press 5.