Brenton Skating Plaza

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Brenton is closed for skating for the season.
Thank you to all that visited!

Brenton Skating Plaza
520 Robert D. Ray Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Text BRENTONSKATING to 84483 to receive notifications about closures and special discounts.

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Brenton Skating Plaza is an outdoor ice skating facility located in Downtown Des Moines. From November to March, the facility offers open-air skating for all ages. Located on the Principal Riverwalk along the Des Moines River, this ice skating facility and family entertainment venue opened in 2006 thanks to a gift from the Brenton Foundation.


Online registration for skating sessions is recommended.  Walk-up admission will be allowed if space allows. Each skating session will be limited to 220 people (180 reserved, 40 walk-ups). Each skating session will allow for 1 hour and 45 minutes of skating. Customers may arrive up to 20 minutes early for their scheduled session. 

To help everyone stay safe while enjoying Brenton Skating Plaza, visitors should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, social distance when possible, wear a face-covering if they are not vaccinated, and stay home if they are sick. For Return to Play protocols for Brenton Skating Plaza click here.

Season Dates & Times(subject to change for 2022-23) 

Day Hours Skating Sessions
Monday - Thursday 5–9 p.m. 5 - 6:45 p.m. | 7:15 - 9 p.m.
Wednesday 2-3:45pm Senior Skating (walk up registration only)
Friday 5–9 p.m. 5 - 6:45 p.m. | 7:15 - 9 p.m. 
Saturday 12–9 p.m. 12 - 1:45 p.m. | 2:15 - 4 p.m. | 4:30 - 6:15 p.m. | 7 - 8:45 p.m. 
Sunday 12–6 p.m. 12 - 1:45 p.m. | 2 - 3:45 p.m. | 4:15 - 6 p.m.

Admission (2022-2023 season)
Adult Admission $9.50
Child (Ages 6–12) Admission
Senior (Ages 60+) Admission
Child (Under 5) Admission Free
Skate Rental (All ages) $4.50/pair
Shoe Check (Optional) $1/pair
Punch Pass
(10 Admissions including Skate Rentals, all ages)

Attendance & Admissions Policy

  • Patrons may check-in at admissions up to 20 minutes prior to the start of their session.
  • All patrons must leave the rink and return their skates at the conclusion of their session.
  • Pre-registered patrons cannot transfer their time slot.
  • Gift cards and punch passes cannot be used for online reservations.
  • No refunds will be given if the rink is open.
  • If the last session of the day has less than 10 patrons 30 minutes after the sessions begins, the rink will close for the day and one free pass will be issued to each patron. Passes will cover the cost of admission and skate rental.
  • If the rink closes prior to the start of a session due to weather, refunds for that session will be issued (see weather policy for more details). Debit/Credit card refunds will process in 3-5 business days.
  • If the rink closes during a session due to weather, skate passes will be issued to those in attendance. Skate passes cover the cost of admission and skate rental. 

Weather Guidelines

  • Warm Weather: 55° - 59° - Open at sundown | 60° - 65° - Closed for the day | Over 65° - Closed until ice has recovered
  • Cold Weather: Forecast of temperatures under 5° or wind-chill below 0° for a majority of the open hours, the rink will close for the day.
  • Snow: In the event of snow, the rink will be cleared and opened as soon as possible.

Text BRENTONSKATING to 84483 for weather cancellation alerts.

Weather Refund Policy: Full refunds will be issued when the skating rink is closed due to weather factors. If the rink closes during a session, skate passes will be issued for patrons at the skating rink.  Passes will cover the cost of admission and skate rental. 
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Learn to Skate event

Learn to Skate

Free skating clinics held throughout the season! The clinics will be led by professional skating coach Darlene Lewis. Pre-registration is highly recommended. Space is limited.

Upcoming Dates:
2022-23 dates coming soon!!
  • Time: TBA
  • Ages: 4 and Over - Kids & Adults welcome!
  • Cost: Free

Register for Learn To Skate