Backyard Getaways: Maple Grove’s Ice Skating Loop
Maple Grove’s Central Park ice skating loop has become a go-to spot in the Northwest burbs. The facility has drawn large crowds over the holiday season.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Kristina Demuth of Plymouth. “I think they need another one”
The nearby snow-covered gravel pits and new apartments create an optical illusion. Viewed from a distance the loop looks like a ski resort in the Colorado Rockies. But there is no skiing here – just skating.
“Sometimes this place is packed,” Demuth said. “Because it’s so much fun.”
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Mark Ulman. “It’s good to see everyone out here skating around, it’s part of the Minnesota way.”
Ulman came all the way from Mankato to skate the loop. His colorful Christmas look was certainly the most creative outfit on the ice.
“I don’t have an ugly sweater so I go with the ugly suit,” Ulman said. “It puts me in the holiday spirit.”
Loop lovers come from the Twin Cities and beyond
For Demuth – who used to be a competitive figure skater – the ice skating loop is a chance to turn back the clock and show off some routines from back in the day.
“I’m just skating for fun,” Demuth said. “I love spinning and jumping. I can’t help myself.”
The loop is 810 feet long and 20 feet wide. The ice skating trail is a hit with everyone – from hockey players to newbies, and attracts people from the Twin Cities and beyond.
“I like that you can come with your family and just come to skate and enjoy yourself,” said Addison Kramer of Maple Lake.
“I’m surprised there aren’t more of these in Minnesota,” said Laura Turk of Mankato. “It’s like the Minnesota thing.”
“I love it,” Demuth said. “It’s like dancing on ice.”
The ice skating loop is kept in perfect condition and is resurfaced often by a Zamboni. There are also places to warm up inside and outside.
“The ice is always great,” Demuth said. “Nice and smooth. They keep it chilled. It’s always a good time out here and I love skating outdoors in the winter.”
If you have your own ice skates the loop is free. If you don’t have any, it costs $6 to rent skates.