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Wicker Park Ice Skating Season Kicks Off This Weekend With Firefighters Filling The Rink

Once the water fully freezes, the rink will stay open from Dec. 1- Feb. 28, weather permitting.

Chicago firefighters will fill the rink with water this Saturday, weather permitting.
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WICKER PARK —  WickerICE, a community-funded and volunteer-staffed ice skating rink in Wicker Park, will return this winter for its fourth season.

Located at 1425 N. Damen Ave. in the park’s softball field — just south of the CTA Blue Line Damen stop — the outdoor, non-refrigerated rink is scheduled to be filled with water on Saturday. 

Chicago firefighters will be at the rink starting at 9 a.m. Saturday to fill it, according to the WickerICE website. The 60-foot-wide by 120-foot-long rink was built by vendor Iron Sleek

Once the water fully freezes, the rink will stay open from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, weather permitting. 

The rink is free, but skaters must bring their own skates. 

RELATED: See photos from the rink’s first season. 

Several volunteer positions, from rink monitoring to resurfacing to emergency snow removal, are available. Click here to sign up. Volunteers also need to sign and return a waiver before hitting the ice. 

Free ice skating lessons for children ages 5 -12 will be offered, and guardians or parents are encouraged to volunteer in exchange. The lessons, weather permitting, will be from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays from Jan. 5-23. Sign up here. 

A schedule with times for pick-up stick and puck games and free skate will be posted weekly on the rink’s Facebook page. 

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