The Artesian Outdoor Ice Rink
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The Lake Bluff Outdoor Ice Rink is located at Artesian Park and maintained as long as the weather permits. The rink is lighted for evening use. For your convenience there is a warming house facility complete with washrooms at the park. The shelter will be open in the morning for unsupervised skating. During supervised skating hours attendants will be on duty to monitor skaters. During unsupervised hours, no attendants are on duty but warming house and washroom facilities will be open.
|Warming Shelter Hours
||3:30 6:45 p.m.
||3:30 9:00 p.m.
||10:00 a.m. 9:00 p.m.
||10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
The east side of the rink is reserved for free or open skate, while the west side is used for hockey. Hockey goals will only be provided during supervised skating hours. No hockey play is permitted in the main rink. The Ice Rink will be open extended hours during winter break.
Ice Rink Conditions
Just because it's very cold outside, doesn't necessarily mean the ice rink will be open. There are several factors that dictate when the ice will be established or thick enough for skating. The most obvious of which is the weather. Ideal conditions require temperatures to be in the low twenties or teens at night for about five nights, with no snow. Ice about three inches thick is required for us to open the rink. In addition to the water on the ground freezing, we flood the rink with water to increase ice thickness from the top and provide a smooth surface for skating.
Factors such as rain, vandalism to the ice and snow can delay the ice from freezing even if temperatures are very low and weather conditions are perfect. Vandalism such as walking through thin ice or debris thrown onto freezing ice requires a great deal of labor to remove and prevent us from flooding the rink. Snow on top of thin ice creates two problems for us: First, the snow insulates the ice from the very cold night time temperatures and significantly slows the freezing rate. Second, after a snowstorm, if the ice is not thick enough, it may not be possible to walk on the ice to remove the snow. See the chart below for more information. A sign will be 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 rink open for the season.
Snow removal prevents one of the great challenges for us at the ice rink. Our parks department is responsible for snow removal at all of our facilities including the parking lot and all walkways at Blair Park. It will not be until it stops snowing that the rink is addressed because the safety of those using our facility is important to us. Once the snow stops falling and all other facilities are cleared, snow removal at the rink will begin. The thickness of the ice, the amount and type of snow all dictate how the snow can be removed and therefore how long it will take to do so.
||Hand with Shovels
||Hand with Snowblowers
||Small Tractor with Brush
||Truck with Plow
The tractor brush is a valuable technique that allows us to clear the rink quickly while the ice is still not thick enough to plow. Unfortunately, this method can only be used when the snow is light or powdery and there are less than three inches of snow. Heavy or wet snow and accumulations of more than three inches can only be removed by hand or plow.
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