Glen Ellyn will soon have another place to skate for free this winter, thanks to a partnership between the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Park District. The Glen Ellyn Polar Plaza, a new pop-up skating rink, is scheduled to open Friday, February 19, 2021.
The 60 foot by 40 foot synthetic ice skating rink will be located in the heart of downtown Glen Ellyn. The pop-up Polar Plaza will occupy a portion of the Village’s Crescent parking lot, just west of Main Street. The rink will be open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m. through March, with parking available in the western most portion of the Crescent parking lot.
“We are excited to embrace winter and bring this additional outdoor recreational opportunity to Glen Ellyn,” said Dave Harris, Glen Ellyn Park District Executive Director. “In this partnership with the Village, we are committed to offering an open, welcoming and festive new destination for the whole family to enjoy.”
The rink, which will accommodate a maximum of 50 skaters at a time, is free to residents and visitors to the area. Participants will be skating at their own risk and must bring their own ice skates as rentals will not be available on site. The Polar Plaza will have a variety of safety precautions and COVID-19 regulations in place to keep visitors safe, including required face coverings and sanitizing stations.
The Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance of Downtown Glen Ellyn, together with the business community, encourage visitors to the Polar Plaza to shop and dine locally in conjunction with their ice skating visit. With over 30 restaurants and bistros in downtown Glen Ellyn, in addition to nearly 50 shops and boutiques, there is much to explore and enjoy in the area.
“The Polar Plaza creates an all new experience in downtown Glen Ellyn,” said Mark Franz, Glen Ellyn Village Manager. “We hope this pop-up plaza gives residents and visitors a great reason to experience what our downtown has to offer.”
For more information, including a listing of rules, along with dining and shopping opportunities in the downtown, visit www.gepark.org/polar-plaza.