Winter Recreation

Ice Skating

The Downers Grove Park District maintains unsupervised ice skating at Prince Pond, Whitlock and McCollum Park. Daily hours are 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from approximately mid-December through February.

  • It takes several days of sub-zero temperatures for sufficient ice to form.
  • Ice maintenance will occur after Staff has completed snow plowing duties for the day.

Ice Skating Conditions

Please locate the flag pole at each location for current skating conditions before stepping on the ice.

Green Flags : Indicates ice rink conditions are safe at cleared spots only.

Red Flags: Indicate dangerous skating conditions; rink is closed.

Ice conditions are updated daily via Rainout Line or call 630-225-7272. In case of an emergency, please dial 911 immediately.

Sled Hills

Sledding is available at Gilbert Park, O'Brien Park, Concord Square Park, and Ebersold Park.

Sled at your own risk! The Downers Grove Park District reminds people that they are responsible for safety while sledding on Downers Grove Park District grounds. Parents are encouraged to make sure supervision is provided before letting children play on the hills.

Cross Country Skiing

Unsupervised cross country skiing is welcomed and allowed on the Downers Grove Golf course with no charge to the participant. There must be at least 4-inches of snow on the ground, and skiing must take place during daylight hours.

Snowshoe at Lyman Woods

Don't let the snow slow you down! Rent a pair of snowshoes at Lyman Woods and get out there to enjoy the winter woods! Snowshoe on your own, or sign up for one of our free guided snowshoe hikes. When there are at least four inches of snow on the trails, both adult and children's snowshoes will be available for use at Lyman Woods. Snowshoes are available during regular Interpretive Center hours on a first-come, first-served basis. The rental fee for each pair is $6 for a 3-hour rental. Credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted. Renters must provide valid credit card for deposit.

To sign up for the Snowshoe Club and get email alerts when conditions are good for snowshoeing, sign up to our e-news and select 'Lyman Woods' from the interests section.