Howard Park’s 16,000 square foot ice trail and pond is a premier winter destination for the South Bend region.  The ice trail features rolling hills and soft curves that provide skaters with a diverse terrain when making their way around the loop. The ice pond is attached to the ice trail but provides a more traditional skating experience with an isolated skating area that can be used for learning to skate or skating activities like broomball.

Ice skating is available throughout the cold-weather season, 7 days a week. Admission to the skate trail and skate rentals are available at the support building located on the east side of the park.

Ice Skating Season

Nov. 14, 2020 – Mar. 7, 2021

  • Mon. – Thurs., 5 PM – 8 PM
  • Fri., 5 PM – 10 PM
  • Sat., Noon – 10 PM
  • Sun., 1 PM – 8 PM
Holiday Hours
  • Black Friday | 1 PM – 10 PM
  • Dec. 20th – 30th | 1 PM – 10 PM
  • Christmas Eve | 1 PM – 5 PM
  • Christmas Day | Closed
  • New Year’s Eve | 1 PM – 8 PM
  • New Year’s Day | 5 PM – 10 PM
  • MLK Jr. Day | Noon – 8 PM
  • Presidents Day | Noon – 8 PM

Promotions & Events

Monday: Learn To Skate Classes
5:30-6:30 PM. Free class with regular admission

Tuesday: $5 Skate Night
All skaters $5 at window

Wednesday: Broomball
+ $5 Skate Night

$5 drop-in fee. Ice pond dedicated to broomball for the entire night. All skaters $5 as well.

Thursday: College ID Night
$7 admission with valid college ID

Friday: DJ Skate Night
Regular rates apply

Skate Rental

$7Admission + Skate Rental
  • Youth (ages 3-14)

Season Pass

Valid for the 2020-2021 Season
$50/$140Per Year
  • Individual and family passes available

Did You Know?
10% of all proceeds support our Skate-it-Forward program which covers the cost of skating for children and families who may not otherwise be able to afford it.

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Skate sizes are available in children’s size 8 through men’s size 14. All skates are men’s hockey skate sizing. Sizing one size down from a normal men’s street shoe should get you the optimal, snug fit. For more information on finding your exact size, check out this sizing guide.

Locker space is available in the Centier Bank Commons. Lockers come in two sizes (19.7” deep x 12.8” wide x 14.4″ tall and 19.7” deep x 12.8” wide x 24” tall), with the largest size able to accommodate a family. Lockers are $4 for the regular size and $7 for the jumbo size (or free for season pass holders by scanning the back of their season pass). Cubbies under benches are also available, but items left here are unattended.

For information on hosting a private holiday or winter skating event, contact Eva Ennis, Operations Coordinator, at 574-299-4765 or

A skate assist sled is available for use by skaters with physical disabilities and their companion skater.  

Unfortunately, skate sharpening is not available onsite. 

The Zamboni will typically resurface the ice every 90 minutes (weather depending) and will take about 45 minutes to complete.

Regular Zamboni Hours:

  • Mon.-Thu. 3:30pm & 8pm
  • Fri. 3:30pm & 7pm
  • Sat. 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 6:15pm & 8:15pm
  • Sun. 11:30pm, 3pm & 6pm

Parking is available along the street or in the Zion Church parking lot.

Admission is $10 for adults (ages 15+) and $7 for youth (ages 3 – 14). Season passes are available along with group rates. 

Yes, we are excited to be able to offer introductory skating lessons for the public at no additional cost to the price of admission. Every Saturday morning, during the first hour of public skating, two half hour introductory level skating classes will be held on the Tire Rack Ice Pond. Click here for more information.

We have a limited amount of skate assists for children. Ask any staff member for details.