Eclipse Lagoon open for outdoor skating, and other Park District winter activities

Online Staff Report

Grab those skates for a one-of-a-kind experience outdoors on ice! Now that the temperatures have dipped consistently below freezing, the ice conditions are just right to skate or play hockey at the Eclipse Lagoon on the campus of Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford.

As of today (Friday, Jan. 3), the community is welcome to enjoy open ice skating or open hockey at Eclipse Lagoon daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting and when conditions are safe.

To find out about Eclipse Lagoon skating conditions, call (815) 987-8858 or visit Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens — Rockford Park District on Facebook.

The ice needs to be at least 4 to 5 inches thick for the Eclipse Lagoon to open. Rockford Park District staff will check the thickness of the ice daily, and signs alerting residents of the conditions will be posted on site.

Quick facts about Eclipse Lagoon winter activities

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.

For more about Eclipse Lagoon, visit

Additional winter fun in the Rockford Park District

The Rockford Park District offers a variety of ways to enjoy the winter season. Visit for a complete list of all the options. Following are a few suggestions to make the most out of the season, and have fun all winter long!

Snowmobile trails — Snowmobile season is from Dec. 15, 2013, to March 15, 2014. Currently, snowmobile trails are open at Searls Park, 4650 Safford Road, Rockford. The Rockford Park District makes the decision to open or close the trails when there is 4 or more inches of snow on the trails. Get the latest updates by calling (815) 987-8809.

Cross Country Skiing — The Rockford Park District offers cross country skiing on the trails at Sinnissippi Golf Course, 2004 Arlington Ave., Rockford, and at Lockwood Park, 5201 Safford Road, Rockford (skiers at Lockwood are responsible for watching carefully for snowmobiles on the trails).

Explore Atwood Park — Experience the great outdoors at Atwood Center inside Atwood Park, 2685 New Milford School Road, Rockford, all winter long. Atwood Park is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Atwood Center is open to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a scheduled feeding time for the Birds of Prey at 1 p.m. Call (815) 874-7576 for more about Atwood Park.

Posted Jan. 3, 2014

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