In an effort to deliver more winter recreational opportunities to Downtown, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) recently installed a pop-up ice rink in Heartside Park. 

"The GR Forward plan envisions Heartside Park as a park that changes with the seasons," said DGRI special events manager Kimberly Van Driel. "The weather is throwing us some curve balls. But we're hoping for the return of cold temperatures, so neighbors and the community can use the rink for winter sport activities."

Ski-chairs painted by local artists, hockey nets and a warming pod will be available on-site daily. This is a bring-your-own-skates recreational rink. Ice skate rental not available. 

Want to request ice time?

Grand Rapids Fire Department helps fill up the ice rink.
Grand Rapids Fire Department helps fill up the ice rink.

GR Forward prioritizes improved design and public space programming to accommodate winter activities to better celebrate Grand Rapids as a 4-season city.

DGRI with assistance from the Downtown Ambassador team will manage the ice rink in Heartside Park. 

Heartside Ice Rink Schedule

Open daily the month of February.


  • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Open Ice*


  • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Open Ice*


  • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Open Ice*


  • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Open Ice*


  • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Open Ice*


  • 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Open Ice*


  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Open Ice*

*Schedule subject to change for reservations, weather and ice maintenance.

Need help? Call (616) 250-8263 to reach the lead Ambassador on duty.