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Madison Parks welcomes school groups to host their winter field trips at Vilas, Tenney and Elver Parks. For your group to enjoy their experience, specific days and times have been set aside outside of the regular operating hours. For these special outings, Madison Parks will provide a park attendant to open the shelters, concessions, and skate rentals. Please note that the rinks are open weather permitting.
Days & Times Available
Wednesday, Thursday, or Fridays
11am-noon, noon-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm
Please note: Madison Parks staff performs regular morning maintenance at Elver, Vilas and Tenney ice rinks. School Groups may not arrive prior to 11a.m.
$20/hr reservation fee plus rentals
Skate Rentals are available at each location. However, the available rental skate inventory may not be able to accommodate the sizes and quantities of your entire group. We highly encourage your attendees to bring their own skates. Sizes range from Toddler 10 to Mens size 13. Men's, Women's and Youth figure and hockey skates are available.
1st hour: Adults $6, Children (14 & under) $3 - Add'l hours: $2
Regular Madison parks per person rental rates apply.
Snacks, soda, hot cocoa will be available for purchase.
To Book Your School Group Outing
Groups must reserve at least a week in advance. To make your reservation, email with your desired date/time to firstname.lastname@example.org Payment may be made by cash or check (made out to City Treasurer).
If the participants cancel within 5 days of their reservation date and time, their registration fee will be refunded. If event is cancelled by the Madison Parks Staff due to inclement weather, we will try to reschedule your reservations or the reservation fee will be fully refunded.
Please note that winter weather is unpredictable and the conditions of our ice rinks, sledding hills, and cross-country ski trails change frequently. If there is substantial snow, rain, or other inclement weather, our facilities (shelters, trails, and rinks) will be closed and your reservation will be cancelled. A Madison Parks staff will make final decision on canceling due to inclement weather. The groups will be notified as soon as possible. If your reservation is cancelled due by a Madison Parks staff member because of inclement conditions, you will receive a full refund.