Forget hibernating and embrace winter with the passion of Norsemen. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for some outdoor winter games and good cheer. Join us on the tundra of North Liberty January 28 through February 3, 2018, for fun on the bleakest days of the year. Some events do require registration, snag your spot here.

All events subject to change pending weather.

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Ice Skating

February 2 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ice Skating

Take advantage of the Penn Meadows Park 100-foot by 115-foot outdoor ice rink installed on top of the tennis courts! Bring your own skates or check skates out from our Beat the Bitter volunteers at no cost at the entrance to the rink during Fire & Ice Friday.

Note: the rink will not open for skating on Friday, Feb. 2, until Fire & Ice Friday begins at 3 p.m.

During Fire & Ice Friday, skates checkout will be available onsite for the public to borrow at no cost for up to 30 minutes at a time. Skate time is limited to 30 minutes to allow for as many people to borrow skates and enjoy the rink during the event as possible. Skates can be checked out from a rink volunteer with a ID. Since the skates will be onsite at the rink, skates will not be at the North Liberty Recreation Center as they have been throughout the winter season.

A maximum of 4 pairs of skates can be borrowed by one person at a time. Sizes are limited and will be loaned out on a first come, first served basis. Skate reservations are not available.

If you have skates that you would like donate to the recreation center, your used skates would greatly help people enjoy the rink. Please contact us if you are interested in making such a donation and thank you for your consideration.

Penn Meadows will be home to an outdoor rink seasonally for the foreseeable future so many people might prefer to invest in buying skates. Skates are available for purchase at Scheels and Play It Again Sports in Iowa City.

We ask for your help to make the Penn Meadows rink an enjoyable experience. For the safety and enjoyment of all skaters, please follow these guidelines.

  • Skating is at your own risk.
  • All children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Helmets are strongly recommended.
  • Do not sit or lean on the walls of the rink.
  • Avoid stepping on the tennis court surface with skates. Enter and exit the rink via the cement surface on the east side of the rink near the bleachers.
  • No digging or chipping at the ice to help us keep as smooth of a surface as possible. The ice will only be able to be resurfaced a few times each season.
  • No food or drink on the ice.
  • Only clean tennis shoes should be worn if walking on the ice.
  • There is no carrying children, racing, or jumping on the rink.
  • Music is not provided but welcome if it is of appropriate volume and family-friendly. Headphones are not allowed.
  • Pucks are not allowed on the ice; however, the Recreation Department is exploring options for a rec hockey program in the future.
  • The City of North Liberty and Beat the Bitter are not responsible for personal property, damages, or injuries.
  • The City of North Liberty reserves the right to remove anyone from the ice deemed reckless or possibly harmful to other skaters.
  • Be respectful to everyone who comes to enjoy public skating.

The rink is not supervised full-time. If needed, please call 319-626-5716 or the numbers below with questions and concerns.
Police & Fire Emergency: 911
Non-emergency police: 319-356-6800
Recreation Center (skate checkout): 319-626-5716
Parks Department (rink conditions and lighting): 319-626-5720


February 2
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Penn Meadows Park
170 N Dubuque Street
North Liberty, 52317 United States
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