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.
December 27 - March 1
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 borrow skates from the Recreation Center.
The rink will be open to all ages for free public skating from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the season (December-March) as long as weather conditions are agreeable. The rink lights will be on from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. Enter using the southeast corner gate near the bleachers.
The gates around the rink will be locked if the ice surface does not allow for safe skating. Follow Beat the Bitter and North Liberty city government on Facebook to stay updated on rink conditions and closings. At this time, reservations are not available for private parties on the rink.
A variety of skate sizes will be available for the public to borrow at no cost for up to 2 hours at a time. Sizes range from Toddler 9-12, Youth 1-5, and Adult 6-13 in both hockey and figure skates. Skates can be checked out from the North Liberty Recreation Center front desk between 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday. A credit or debit card is required to check skates out. Skates must be returned within 2 hours of check-out or by closing of the recreation center (9 p.m. on weekdays, 6 p.m. on weekends), whichever comes first. If skates are not returned on time, the card on file will be charged $50 per pair of skates the next businesses day.
Must be 16 years or older to check out skates; 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.
Skate checkout is free, but if you would like to make a contribution to the rink, you are welcome to make a donation to Beat the Bitter online here. 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 in Coralville 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.
EMERGENCY & FEEDBACK CONTACT NUMBERS
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