Here's one reason we can thank Mother Nature for all the bitter cold temps she hit the Stateline with earlier this week; we can now go skating outdoors at the Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford!


The lagoon's ice is monitored very closely for safety, so with the warmer temperatures expected this weekend, check the Rockford Park District's Rain Out Line for ice conditions before packing the family up for a fun day of skating.

If you have never skated at the Conservatory's lagoon before, here's some quick facts and rules to follow from their website:

  • Hockey is available at the north end of the lagoon only. Goals are provided and available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Heated restrooms are available at the outdoor pavilion.
  • Bring your own skates; no rentals on site.
  • Ice skating and hockey at the lagoon is FREE.
  • Skate at your own risk; no Rockford Park District supervision provided.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for outdoor weather.
  • Adults are responsible for the children under their care.
  • Participants may not carry infants or children while skating.
  • Skaters accept responsibility for knowing the range of their ability while on skates, and skating within the limits of that ability.
  • Use of hockey sticks and pucks are only allowed on the north side of the lagoon.
  • Foul language or inappropriate behavior may result in immediate removal from the facility.
  • Do not leave valuables unattended; the Rockford Park District is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles.
  • Report any inappropriate or illegal conduct to the Rockford Park District Park Police at 815-966-2900. In case of emergency call 9-1-1.