It looks like it will be a white Christmas this year — just in time for winter break. From ice skating to sledding, the Naperville Park District offers plenty of ways to enjoy the snow.
Because of the cold weather earlier this month, two of the Naperville Park District’s five ice skating areas were open, but rainy conditions this weekend might hamper their staying that way.
Skating areas require at least 72 hours of temperatures at 15 degrees or below before ice-making can begin.
Skating areas were open at Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl Road, and at Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Road. Park district staff also were preparing three additional outdoor rinks for use at Commissioners Park, Centennial Park and Meadow Glens, which is opening for the first time this year.
The skating season ends Feb. 15, weather permitting. The rinks at Centennial Park, Nike Sports Complex and Commissioners Park are lighted and stay open until 10 p.m., while Gartner Park and Meadow Glens close at dusk.
Sled hills are open when the soil is frozen and when there are at least 2 inches of snow with no visible grass. Sledding, conditions permitting, and continues through Feb. 28.
The following sled hills close one hour after sunset, except Rotary Hill, which is lighted and open until 9 p.m. weekdays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Ave.
Brook Crossings, 1015 95th St.
Country Lakes Park, 1835 North Aurora Road
Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Road
May Watts Park, 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive
Riverwalk Sled Hill at Rotary Hill, 441 Aurora Ave.
The Naperville Park District’s Riverwalk Eatery also will open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday afternoons through mid-February as long as the sled hill at Rotary Hill is open. As conditions permit, it also will open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31, and Jan. 2 and 3. The shop also will be open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. during the family-friendly Carillon Countdown celebration for New Year’s Eve.
The district offers one location exclusively for snowboarding: Weigand Riverfront Park, 2436 S. Washington St. (No sleds are allowed on this hill.)
For conditions at these locations, visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000. To check the status of skating areas, access the rain out line at 630-883-4242, www.napervilleparks.org/cancellations, or sign up for email or text updates, or download the free app to a smartphone.