As of February 18th - Lincoln Park, Washington Park, and Southwind Park ponds are CLOSED to outdoor ice skating.
Here are some winter ice safety tips to keep you and your
family safe this season
Know the strength and thickness of ice before
skating or walking on it.
Never venture out on ice alone. Always bring a
Avoid ice with air bubbles in it. This indicates
it may be weak.
Don't walk near partially submerged stumps,
limbs or rocks, where ice is weaker.
Avoid ice over moving water.
If your pet falls through the ice, don't attempt
to rescue it. Call for help instead.
Snow cover on lakes or rivers can hide cracks
and open ice.
Slush is a warning sign that ice is
If a friend falls through the ice, try to reach
him or her with a tree branch or rope. If you can't do this, go for help. Don't become a victim
If you fall in, don't panic. Place your hands
and arms on the unbroken surface and work forwards by kicking your feet. Once
out of the hole, don't stand up. Instead, roll away from the hole (towards
shore). Keep your weight evenly distributed over the ice.