Winter Sports Facilities

Stay Off the Ice to Stay Safe this Season

Did you know that there are over 500 retention ponds in Naperville? Regardless of the time of year, it is never safe to go out on the water – even when it appears to be frozen! You never know how thick or strong the ice may be as these aspects are affected by varying temperatures, which create thin, weak spots that are dangerous and unpredictable. Parents, please talk to your kids about the dangers of ponds in winter and teach them how to stay safe. Help pets stay safe, too, by keeping them leashed around ponds.

Sled Hills

The following hills are non-lighted and available for use from sunrise until one hour after sunset.

  • Arrowhead Park, 711 Iroquois Avenue
  • Brook Crossings, 1015 95th Street
  • Country Lakes Park, 1835 North Aurora Road
  • Gartner Park, 524 W Gartner Road
  • Weigand Riverfront Park, 2436 S. Washington Street
  • May Watts Park, 804 S. Whispering Hills Drive
  • Wolf's Crossing Community Park, 3252 Wolf's Crossing Road

Riverwalk Sled Hill at Rotary Hill

There is great sledding for the entire family right on the Naperville Riverwalk! The hill is located next to the Millennium Carillon at 443 Aurora Avenue. The Riverwalk Sled Hill is lighted and closes at 10:00 p.m.


Sledding is a recreational activity that presents inherent risks.  Use sled hills at your own risk. Use caution when sledding and be considerate of others.

  1. Sled hills will open when the soil is frozen and there are two or more inches of snow with no visible grass. Users assume full responsibility for determining that all conditions are safe for sledding.
  2. Sledding permitted only in designated areas and on the side of the hill designated for sledding.
  3. Keep sled under control. Avoid paths of other sledders.
  4. Once you have finished your ride, move quickly out of the way of other sledders. Stay to the side when climbing up the hill.
  5. Children under age 8 must be supervised by a responsible adult. No supervision provided.
  6. Inner tubes, snowboards and plastic sleds only. Toboggans and sleds with metal runners are not permitted.
  7. No more than 2 persons per sled are permitted.
  8. No jumps, ramps or similar devices are permitted on the hill.
  9. Park and sled hill hours are from sunrise until one hour after sunset. Lighted sled hills close at 10:00 p.m.

CALL 911 FOR EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE. For non-emergencies contact Park Police at 630-601-0925

Ice Rinks

Red and Green Flags Indicate Ice Rink Status

The Park District posts red flags or green flags at its ice skating rinks to indicate whether they are closed or open, providing a user-friendly and visible signal to people at park locations. The District also updates the status of ice rinks here, allowing residents the ability to check on the status of rinks prior to leaving their home. Skaters should not use ice rinks when they are posted as closed on the website or when a red flag is flying at the rink.  

Skating areas typically open on or after December 15; however, they can open only after a period of extreme cold. Weather and conditions permitting, the skating season continues through February 15.

To Check the Status of Skating Areas

The following ice rinks are lighted and open until 10:00 p.m.

  • Centennial Park, 500 W. Jackson Avenue
  • Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl Road
  • Wolf's Crossing Community Park, 3252 Wolf's Crossing Road

The following ice rink is not lighted and closes one hour past sunset.

  • Gartner Park, 524 W. Gartner Road

Hockey and broomball play is allowed only at the two boarded rinks at Centennial Park.  A third rink at Centennial Park is for free skating only. No pucks or sticks are allowed on free-skating areas.

Lighted ice rinks operate through use of a push-button located at each rink. Lights are available when the rinks are open. Lighted ice rinks close at 10:00 p.m.

Ice Rink Reminders

  • The ice rinks are natural rinks that are dependent on weather conditions for ice quality.
  • The rinks are designed for recreational skating only and are not maintained at professional or competitive skating standards.
  • A minimum of 72 hours of constant temperatures of 15 ° or below is necessary before the ice-making process may begin.

Ice Rink Rules and Regulations

  • Hockey and Broomball are allowed only on the boarded rinks at Centennial Park. No pucks or sticks are allowed on free-skating areas.
  • No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  • Skate safely and in a controlled manner to avoid collisions with other skaters.
  • Refrain from offensive language and behavior.
  • No bottles or glass are allowed on rinks.
  • Children ages 8 and younger must be supervised by an adult.
  • Violation of posted rules may result in suspension from the ice rink and/or a fine.