Public meetings to explore future of Ramsey County’s ice arenas

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation and the county’s arena task force will host seven public meetings during November to gather input on current arena usage and provide the public a chance to learn about the work of the task force.

Ramsey County manages 13 sheets of ice at 11 arenas, making it one of the largest arena systems in Minnesota.

Earlier this year, the county board of commissioners appointed an arena task force to lead a study of the county’s ice arenas and make recommendations for a long-term strategy for the system.

The meetings will be:

• Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m., Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave. N., Roseville. The focus will be all county-owned arenas.

• Thursday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m., Merriam Park Recreation Center, 2000 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul. Arena focus: Oscar Johnson and Biff Adams.

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m., Battle Creek Recreation Center, 75 Winthrop St. S., St. Paul. Arena focus: Harding and Phalen.

• Thursday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., Goodrich Golf Course. 1820 Van Dyke St., Maplewood. Arena focus: Aldrich and White Bear.

• Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., El Rio Vista Recreation Center, 179 E. Robie St., St. Paul. Arena focus: Charles Schulz - Highland, Pleasant, Ken Yackel - West Side.

• Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m., Ramsey County Parks and Recreation, 2015 Van Dyke St. Maplewood. Arena focus: All county arenas.

• Monday, Nov. 23, 6 p.m., Tamarack Nature Center, 5287 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township. Arena focus: Vadnais Sports Center and Shoreview.

Community members who are unable to attend but are interested in learning more or providing input should contact Sara Ackmann, director of arena and golf operations, at 651-748-2500 or


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