Now that winter is here, it’s time to bundle up and sharpen those ice skates and head to a local ice skating rink. Whether you prefer a more urban setting like the ice rink at Brenton Skating Plaza or something off the beaten path like a park pond, the Des Moines area offers plenty of options for beginner and experienced skaters alike — there’s even several FREE skate spots. And if it ever gets too cold to glide outside, you can always hit the indoor skating rink.
Unless otherwise noted, the official outdoor ice skating season is November through early March. Visit websites and social media sites for holiday and extended hours, and weather-related closures.
Outdoor Ice Skating in Des Moines
Sunrise Park • 506 SE Peterson Drive • Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-3570
The community ice rink will be ready for skaters once the temperatures have dropped low enough for it to freeze. The ice rink is FREE and open to the public. Skaters must provide their own ice skates. Hockey skating hours are dawn to noon and open skating hours are noon to dusk.
SW Cascade Falls Drive & SW 18th Street • Ankeny, IA • (515) 963-3570
Go for a skate at the retention pond located west of Cascade Falls Aquatic Center in Ankeny. Ice thickness is rated on a regular basis and skaters should look for the green flag for safe skating conditions. If the ice is determined to be unsafe to skate, a red flag will be flying. You will need to bring your own skates to this unsupervised natural skating venue.
520 Robert D. Ray Drive • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 284-1000
Grab your mini ice dancers and go for a skate in downtown Des Moines. Weekends tend to be the most crowded, so it’s a win-win to take advantage of their lower weekly public skate rates. Refreshments (including snacks and hot beverages) are available at the concessions stand and skate rentals are available in kid and adult sizes. Brenton Skating Plaza also hosts birthday parties and Learn to Skate Classes.
Admission: Monday through Thursday – Adults $8.50; Youth (age 6-12) & Seniors $5.25; Children 5 and under are always FREE; Skate Rental $4.75; Skate Aids $5.00.
Greenwood Park Pond – 45th and Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA
MacRae Park Pond – SW 9th and Davis Avenue, Des Moines, IA
Witmer Park Pond – 610 34th Street, Des Moines, IA
During the winter, Des Moines Parks and Recreation clears frozen ponds for ice skating at three neighborhood pond locations. When these facilities are open for skating, it is unsupervised and available FREE of charge during normal park hours – sunrise to sunset. BYOS – Bring Your Own Skates. Des Moines Parks posts if the facilities are open, or not, on their social media outlets and uses a flag system to indicate availability of public skating for the three ponds.
- A green flag indicates that ice depth and conditions are safe.
- A red flag indicates that conditions are not suitable for public skating
- If no flag is displayed, the public should assume conditions are not safe; the City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation asks that the public keeps off the ice and water at each POND when there is no flag displayed or if the flag is red.
Pickard Sports Complex • 2205 E. 2nd Avenue (Hwy 92 East) • Indianola, IA • (515) 961-9410
During winter months, the ice will be open for hockey from dawn to noon, and open skating hours are from noon to dusk. The rink is open when weather permits – a green sign will be posted at the gate to indicate that the rink is open; a red sign will be posted when the rink is closed. Bring your skates and take part in this new activity in Indianola.
Centennial Park •1255 Warrior Lane.• Waukee, IA 50263 • (515) 978-0007
The community ice rink is located in the southeast corner of Centennial park and will be ready for skaters once the temperatures have dropped low enough for it to freeze. The ice rink is FREE and open to the public. Skaters must provide their own ice skates. Hockey skating hours are dawn to noon and open skating hours are noon to dusk. A green sign will be posted at the gate to indicate when the rink is open; a red sign will be posted when the rink is closed.
2500 Grand Avenue • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 222-3444
Located near the Softball Complex and Dog Park in Raccoon River Park, the Raccoon River Park Ice Rink will be open for skating throughout the winter season, weather permitting. An open/closed sign has been installed at the rink and will be updated by West Des Moines Public Services staff based on ice conditions. The rink is not supervised and there is no skate rental available. It’s open during park hours, dawn to dusk.
Indoor Ice Skating in Des Moines
5100 NW 72nd Street • Urbandale, IA 50322 • (515) 276-7200
Metro Ice Sports Facility is a tried-and-true arena open year-round for big (and little) wobbly Des Moines legs. They primarily offer public skate on Fridays and Saturdays. Be sure to check their schedule for times. Skate rentals are available for both kids and adults. The Facility is a happening place with hockey leagues and games, learn to skate lessons and birthday parties.
Admission: Adult $7.00; Student $6.00 (ID Required); Child (12 and Under) $5.00; Seniors (55 and Above) $5.00; Skate Rental $3.00
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