West Park Ice Rink

Located at

850 Summit Ave
Lake Forest, IL


Click here to see if the rink is open

For information regarding ice conditions, please call: Hotline Number 847.234.6702 - Press #5.

The City of Lake Forest offers outdoor ice skating at West Park.

Friendly Reminders:

  • Face coverings must be worn all times in warming house (maximum capacity permitted is 5 people). Please do your part in keeping everyone safe!
  • Please also practice social distancing for everyone's safety.
  • Free Skate area is north of the dividing wall.
  • Hockey only area is south of the dividing wall.


Monday – Thursday 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fridays 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturdays 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The facilities will close at 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and will be closed all day on Christmas Day.

Special Hours - Winter Break & MLK Day

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fridays/Saturdays 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MLK Day (Jan 18) 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Factors Affecting the Ice:

Skateable ice:

The following criteria must be met in order to develop skateable ice:

  • 5-7 inches of ground frost.
  • Average temperatures of 20 degrees or colder for five consecutive days.
  • Minimum of five days to spray and freeze to make ice.
  • Periodic sweeping and resurfacing as needed depending on weather conditions.
  • 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 back open.

The following factors can delay opening:

  • 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 city parking lots and all walkways. Once the snow stops and all other facilities are cleared, snow removal at the skate pond will begin.


  • Designated Hockey Rink
  • Ice Rink Guards
  • Lights
  • Skating Pond (Seasonal)
  • Warming House