Park and Ice Rink Rules

All parks close at 10 p.m., and there are no motorized vehicles allowed on park property. Prohibited actions in parks and playgrounds. No person shall, in any park and playground within the city:

    • Pick or destroy any flower or walk or run upon any flower beds
    • Break or tear any limbs or branches from any shrub or tree
    • Throw objects or missiles at any animal or bird, in or out of cages, or molest any animal or bird in any way
    • Tear down, mutilate, destroy or carry away any sign erected under the authority of the city council
    • Damage turf by any means
    • Park any vehicle in any area where parking is prohibited
    • Drive any vehicle, including snowmobiles and bicycles, within parks or playgrounds except upon the designated streets, driveways and parking areas of such parks and playgrounds
    • Carry firearms or weapons into any park or playground in the city, except public officials in the performance of their duties and those persons authorized to carry weapons for public ceremonies
    • Bring, cause or permit any dog to enter into any park or playground unless such dog is on a leash, and said person must clean up after their dog
    • Ride any horse in any park or playground except upon designated streets and bridle paths
    • Practice golf in any park
    • Build or aid and abet the building of any fire in any park or playground except in stoves or fireplaces designed for such purposes unless granted special authorization by the city
    • Occupy any shelter house or building or recreation area which has been reserved through the provisions of this chapter for other person, or to erect any reserve sign at any shelter house or building when no reservation has been obtained from the director or recreation department as provided in this chapter
    • Dispose of refuse in anything other than refuse containers
    • Shall climb or scale any erected structures, fences and/or poles unless that structure is so designed
    • Be in any park, whether on foot or in a vehicle, or permit any vehicle to remain parked in any park between 10 p.m. and sunrise unless by special authorization
    • Engage in vandalism. Parking Regulations: Only city employees are authorized to designate driveways and parking areas in which parking is prohibited and permitted
    • Swimming, boating and use of flotation devices are not permitted in North Liberty ponds
    • Alcohol of any kind is not allowed in city parks

Ice fishing on North Liberty’s ponds has been approved by the City Council. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ rules, regulations and policies regarding ice fishing. You can download the DNR’s fishing regulations and introduction to ice fishing for further guidance.

Penn Meadows Outdoor Ice Rink
Seasonally, December-March, 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. Once the sun goes down, skaters will be able to feed the light meters onsite. Please plan accordingly to bring quarters if you intend on skating in the evening.

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.

Borrow skates

    • A variety of skate sizes will be available for the public to borrow at no cost for up to 2 hours at a time. 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 ID and $5 refundable deposit per pair of skates will be required to check skates out. Staff will make a photo copy of your identification so you will still have it in your possession driving to and from the rink. 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

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.

If you have skates that you would like donate to the recreation center, your used skates would greatly help people enjoy the rink. Please contact us if you are interested in making such a donation and thank you for your consideration.

Purchase skates
Penn Meadows will be home to an outdoor rink seasonally for the foreseeable future so many people might prefer to invest in buying skates.

Scheels is offering 20% Off of figure and/or hockey skates purchases or special orders. Take advantage of this deal by mentioning the North Liberty ice rink between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2017. This offer is only valid at the Coralville Scheels location. Skates purchased after Dec. 15 will be regularly priced. Skates are also available for purchase at Play It Again Sports in Iowa City.

Rink Guidelines
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.
    • 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 phone numbers
The rink is not supervised full-time. If needed, please reach out to these numbers with questions and concerns.
Police & Fire Emergency (911)
Non-emergency police (319-626-5724)
Recreation Center (319-626-5716)
Parks Department (319-626-5720)