Klyde Warren Park May Get an Ice Rink, Ctd.

Just spoke with Joanna Singleton, who does PR for the park. She cleared up a few of my questions.

1. Temperature- The rink would be synthetic, a practice implemented in about 20 warm-weather cities across the country, Singleton said. The frontrunner is a product named SuperGlide, marketed as “THE BEST SYNTHETIC ICE SKATING SURFACE EVER CREATED.”

2. Location- The Great Lawn would be the likely location. The rink would help draw people to the park during the colder months, so using its most popular space during that time wouldn’t likely be an issue, she said.

3. Skates- Yes, the park will rent skates. Officials have not determined where a skate rental kiosk would be located.

4. Grass- Singleton wasn’t clear on how the synthetic material would affect the lawn, but admitted it might leave a mark.

5. Weight- She’s checking on this one, though she assumes the Klyde Warren team has looked into the structural capacity of the park.

More as we get it, etc.


  • tomagonnist

    the ice rink at Millenium in Chicago is over a concrete plaza – we have PLENTY of concrete downtown, why are we possibly screwing up our grass to put in an ice rink?

    • Kk.

      I agree, green space is in very short supply in that area, why screw it up with a faux skate rink? The skating rink should be taken up as a separate, new idea. Find another ugly pocket of land to do a rink. So yea, I vote NO on this idea. If they want to put up a kiosk make it a much needed food and drink kiosk that would be way more in demand than skate rentals.

  • Tim Rogers

    Astroglide would work better.

  • Jason Heid

    We build a tiny patch of green space in downtown, and we’re already planning to build something on top of it?

    Why can’t we just let green space be green space? What is this impulse to “program” our park to death?

  • Peter Simek

    Shouldn’t they be trying to figure out how to attract people to the park during summer months? Much bigger issue.