Centennial Ice Arena Renovation & Ice Rink Replacement
Start Date
August 2022
Projected End Date
February 2023
Address
3100 Trail Way

Two projects are in progress at Centennial Ice Arena:

Renovation of the facility includes an improved drop-off area, parking lots, lobby, multi-purpose room, locker rooms, office space, and restrooms. This renovation project was included in the Park District’s 2024 GreenPrint 10-year master plan and was scheduled to begin in 2020.  It was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check out the working draft of the floor plan and rendering below.

An unknown issue was uncovered on the rink floor during regular annual maintenance in June. The Park District has acted swiftly to conduct an exhaustive investigation of the facility and ice flooring system with an engineering firm. The findings confirmed that the building is structurally sound. However, the rink floor has been compromised and requires complete replacement.

Lobby/Parking Lot Renovation Overview

Ice Rink Replacement Overview

At the August 10th Board Meeting, the Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners gave approval for an unexpected and necessary replacement of the Centennial Ice Arena rink floor.

During regular annual maintenance in June, staff uncovered an unknown issue on the Centennial rink floor. The Park District acted swiftly to conduct an exhaustive investigation of the facility and ice flooring system with an engineering firm. The findings confirmed that the building is structurally sound. However, the rink floor had been compromised and requires complete replacement.  

The rink floor emergency replacement project is estimated to cost approximately $1.5M. The Park Board awarded the project to Ice Builders, Inc, headquartered in Liverpool, New York. Ice Builders has completed several successful ice-skating rink installations in the Chicago area, including the Glenview Ice Center and Skokie Skatium Ice Rink, and successfully completed a project for the Park District of Highland Park at Centennial in 2003. The Centennial project begins immediately and will take approximately six months to complete.  

During the project, Centennial Ice Center will remain closed. This is very disappointing for our Park District, our participants, and the community. Our top priority is to deliver essential recreation programs to our community safely. To this end, we have several options for our skaters.

Project Updates

STAY UP TO DATE ON THE Project Progress

November 18, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

The concrete slab has been poured. The contractor will now conduct work on the mechanical system while the concrete cures.

November 18, 2022
November 10, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

Construction of the rink floor is nearing completion. The cooling system has been installed and the concrete slab will be poured next week.

November 10, 2022
November 10, 2022

Renovation Project

Lots of exciting activity at Centennial Ice Arena. The underground drainage pipes, electrical, and plumbing were installed, and crews are now busy working on backfilling and site grading. This week foundation wall will be poured for the new vestibule, and the binder course for the north parking lot will be installed. Over the next few weeks, the existing curbs in the main lot will be removed and the new curbs will be framed for the lot and turnaround. Crews will be busy inside, installing the walls and door frames, and roughing in utilities. 

November 10, 2022
October 20, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

Installation of the under-floor drainage and pouring of concrete have been completed. Crews have begun installation of the warm floor system.  

October 20, 2022
October 13, 2022

Renovation Project

Interior demolition is nearing completion, take a look at what Centennial Ice Arena looks like today!
This is a view looking towards the entrance and what used to be the reception desk.
In the coming weeks crews will begin working on the site drainage.  

October 13, 2022
September 28, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

Demolition of the rink floor and concrete trench have been completed. Installation of under-floor drainage will begin soon.  

September 28, 2022
September 27, 2022

Renovation Project

Construction fence is up and crews are on site focusing on interior demolition.
Tree removals are likely to begin this week.
The pedestrian path north and west of the athletic fields closest to Centennial Ice Arena is closed.    

September 27, 2022
September 6, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

Crews began the demolition of the rink slab in preparation for the new ice floor replacement.    

September 6, 2022
August 25, 2022

Renovation Project

The Park District Board of Commissioners approved the Centennial Ice Arena Renovation and Site Improvements project at the August 24th Park Board Meeting. Construction is expected to begin in the next month. We’ll post updates on both the Ice Rink Replacement and Renovation on this project page.  

August 25, 2022
August 23, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

Project Begins. Crews began removing glass, dasher boards and the ice mat in preparation for demolition of the rink floor.

August 23, 2022
August 10, 2022

Ice Rink Replacement Project

At their Board Meeting, the Park District of Highland Park Board of Commissioners gave approval for an unexpected and necessary replacement of the Centennial Ice Arena rink floor.   The project begins immediately and will take approximately six months to complete.  

August 10, 2022
August 10, 2022

Renovation Project

Bids were considered at the Park Board of Commissioner’s August 10th Finance Committee meeting to renovate the Centennial Ice Center lobby, multi-purpose room, locker rooms, office space, restrooms, and parking lot.  The contract award for this renovation project is expected at the August Park Board meeting, and construction is anticipated to start in Sept.   

August 10, 2022
June 10, 2022

Renovation Project

The Park District received three bids. Bids are currently under review.

June 10, 2022
May 1, 2022

Renovation Project

The project is out to bid. Bids are due Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 1pm.

May 1, 2022
February 15, 2022

Renovation Project

The Facility and Recreation Committee reviewed the plans on February 9, 2022. The project team is working on finalizing the plans to send the project out for bid this Spring.

February 15, 2022