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The Deer Wood Park Rink (500 Anderson St., Holmen WI) is an outdoor rink with lights (push button to turn on for timed period) which can be used during normal park hours.

Open Skating & Open Hockey Times

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
Open Skating 8:00am-6:00pm / Open Hockey: 6:00pm-10:00pm

Wednesday & Friday
Open Skating 8:00am-10:00pm / Open Hockey: none

Saturday & Sunday
Open Skating 1:00pm-10:00pm / Open Hockey: 8:00am-1:00pm

During open skate times, open skaters (no pucks or sticks) have priority.

Hockey should not be played (no pucks or sticks) when non-hockey skaters are present.

Conditions, availability, and length of season is determined by the weather. No warming shelter is provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

When using a liner (Holmen Deer Wood Park rink uses a liner) you should always do ONE single fill. Many think that flooding in layers will work with a liner and get ice faster. When building a rink WITHOUT a liner, this would be correct. However when using a liner, and you have say 2” of ice on the liner and you’re looking to add another 2”…….You’d go ahead and drop your hose and “think” the water will go on top for you and freeze another 2” of ice. Unfortunately, that’s not what happens. What does happen is the new water ends up going UNDER the ice and the ice block you have then begins to float up. In theory this “Would” be OK too, BUT the liner is never perfectly flat on the bottom or the sides and there are a few wrinkles here and there throughout. With that, the original 2” ice block is frozen to those wrinkles, and when the ice block floats up, it takes the liner with it and/or scrapes against the sides and can create holes and tears.

Recommended ice thickness for kids is 4″+. For adults, we like to see 5″+. Don’t be too antsy to get skating on your rink, last year kids broke through early in the season and created some rough areas. Make sure it’s frozen up good and solid. For the impatient skaters (like US!), you can test your rink without getting on the ice by first, pressing on the ice with your hands to see how thick the ice is. If you can’t push it down very easily, then you can press one foot on the ice, if you hear cracking, STAY OFF. If not, you can put more pressure on the ice and then the other foot if it seems ok.

Hockey & Ice Skating Contacts

Onalaska Omni Center at (608) 781-9566
Green Island Ice Arena at (608) 789-7199
Tornado Men’s Hockey League. Contact Mark Thorn at (608) 786-3557, Hotline, call (608) 791-9911
Skating Lessons are offered at the Omni Center through the Onalaska Park and Recreation Department. Call (608) 781-9560 for more information.
Coulee Region Girls Hockey. Contact couleeregionstars@gmail.com