Johns Hopkins Ice Rink at Homewood

Status: Thursday 2-22-24: The Ice Rink is closing at 6pm due to weather conditions.

Johns Hopkins is excited to bring back the ice rink at Homewood campus for JHU faculty, staff, and students as well as special weekend access for the local Baltimore community.

The ice rink will create new memories and provide another opportunity to engage the JHU community together in a fun, winter experience. The experience (and rental skates) will be free of charge to all participants. The ice rink has a new location, off W. University Pkwy near the intersection of San Martin Drive, behind the Imagine Center. 

Each attendee will be required to sign up for a 90-minute skate session and complete the electronic waiver prior to arrival at the rink. Whether you are rink side or on the ice we need you to pre-register and sign the waiver. All entrants to the premises, regardless of participation in skating, observing, or age, are required to sign the waiver. Minors 15 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Your online registration should include all attendees, regardless of their participation as a skater or observer or their age. Reservations are set to open for registration three weeks from their calendar date.

Skates will be provided but guests are welcome to bring their own. At the end of each 90-minute skate session, all participates will be asked to leave the rink and skate area as the ice is prepared for the next session. 

The ice rink cannot be reserved for events. Any emergency or weather-related cancellations will be emailed to registered participants.

Please note that children under 3 are not permitted to skate.

Skaters on the Johns Hopkins Ice Rink
From the Hub
Photo Gallery

Take a look at some of the good times the Johns Hopkins community had on the ice.

Dates and Hours of Operation

The Ice Rink will open on Saturday, January 13, 2024 and operate through Sunday, February 25, 2024.  JHU faculty, staff, and students will be able to reserve skate times each day during operation and the general public during the weekends. 

Hours of operation

Weekends

JHU Affiliates and open to the General Public

  • Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Weekdays

JHU Affiliates Only

  • Monday – Thursday: 12 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: 12 – 11:30 p.m.

Ice Rink Location and Parking

The ice rink has a new location, off W. University Pkwy near the intersection of San Martin Drive, behind the Imagine Center. 

Parking on Saturday and Sunday can be located at the Imagine Center or the North Visitor lot. The Muller Deck off of St. Martin Drive will not be available. Metered parking is also available on the streets.

map of area near ice rink

Skate Time Registration

Each attendee is required to register for a 90 minute skate session. JHU faculty, staff, students and General Public attendees can sign up both themselves and additional attendees (family, etc.). Family members and those over 18 can register for those under the age of 18. An email confirmation will be sent after registration is complete. Please only register for sessions you plan to attend. If your plans change, please use the confirmation email to cancel your registration in order to make room for others to enjoy this free activity.

Sessions marked “skate lessons only” are group lessons for all ages provided by the JHU Figure Skating Club. No free skating will take place during these sessions. Skate lessons may be a portion of the session followed by skating but all attendees are required to participate in the lessons.

Group Registration

We are not taking group reservations at this time, but we encourage you to coordinate group skate using the registration process. Planning ahead to register at the same time is the best way to ensure everyone can attend together. Each user of the reservation system can register for up to 5 tickets.

Guests

If you are registering with guests, please note:

  • Guest tickets will be under the name of the person who made the reservation.
  • All guests must sign the waiver.
  • Only the person who registered the group will receive communications, so that person is responsible for sharing details about the rink with guests (waiver, reminders, cancellations due to weather).
  • Children under 3 are not permitted to skate

Skate Waiver

Waivers are required for all participants — skaters and non-skaters — and must be signed before entering the rink. Anyone under age 18 must have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Once you have signed a waiver for this 2024 season you do not need to sign another one.

Upon arrival at the rink, each participant will have their waiver confirmed. We strongly encourage everyone to complete the waiver ahead of time to ensure a smooth entry to the ice rink. 

Skate Rentals

Skates are complimentary and limited to first 100 skaters on a first come, first served basis. Please bring socks! Personal skates allowed. Skates are available in sizes for young skaters and XL skate sizes for adults (1-2 pairs size 15). Skate aids will also be available for children and those with physical disabilities.

Accessibility

We support the participation of individuals with disabilities. Wheelchairs are permitted on the rink. Wheelchair users can enter the rink accompanied by either a skater or personal care assistant (PCA) wearing personal or rental skates or shoe grips. Shoe grips are available if needed. PCAs must be registered along with all other guests. Waivers must be completed by all skaters.

Please contact icerink@jh.edu if you have questions about accessibility.

Amenities

Storage

Small lockers will be provided for personal property.  Johns Hopkins is not responsible for lost or stolen items inside the ice rink.

Concessions

Hot and cold beverages and snacks will be provided free of charge. Please note there is a limit of one beverage and snack per person per skate session.

Restrooms

Restrooms will be located adjacent to the ice rink. Ice rink participates will be required to remove their skates to access the restrooms. Restrooms are accessible.

Ice Rink Rules

Review the participants and spectators responsibility and assumption of liability agreement.

Theme Nights

  • JHU Spirit: All sessions on Tuesdays, January 16, 23, & 30 February 6, 13 & 20 – Show your Blue Jay spirit skating in your Hopkins swag
  • Student Experience Group Skate: 12-1:30pm session
  • THREAD Night:  Friday, January 19 for the 4-5:30 p.m. session
  • Alumni Skate:  Saturday, January 20 for the 10-11:30am session and the 12-1:30pm session
  • Taylor Swift Theme Skate: Wednesday, January 24- Skate to your favorite Taylor Swift songs all skate sessions
  • FLI and JUMP Affinity Skate Night: Friday, January 26 for the 6-7:30pm skate session
  • Graduate Student Affinity Night with the GRO: Friday, February 2 for the 4-5:30pm and the 6-7:30pm skate sessions – Join your fellow graduate students for a night skate
  • Beyonce Skate:  Saturday, February 3 – Skate to your favorite Beyonce music every session
  • Harry Potter Theme Skate:  Wednesday, February 7 – Enjoy your favorite Harry Potter theme music all day at the rink, all sessions
  • RA Theme Night: Wednesday, February 7 for the 6-7:30pm skate session
  • AppreciSkate:  Thursday, February 8 for the 4-5:30pm skate session
  • Beyonce Skate: Friday, February 9 all skate sessions: Enjoy your favorite Beyonce tunes while you skate
  • Taylor Swift Skate: Saturday, February 10 all skate sessions: Skate to your favorite Taylor Swift tunes all day
  • Student Engagement Staff Skate Night: Monday, February 12 for the 4-5:30pm and 6-7:30pm skate sessions
  • School of Nursing Affinity Night with SON Student Affairs, SON DEI and the Muslim Graduate Association: Tuesday February 13 for the 6-7:30pm skate session
  • Taylor Swift Skate: Friday, February 16 all skate sessions: Skate to your favorite Taylor Shift tunes all day
  • Off-Campus Housing Skate: Saturday, February 17 for the 4-5:30pm skate session
  • JHFRE Staff Skate: Tuesday, February 20 for the 12-1:30pm skate session
  • Student Affairs Skate Night: Thursday, February 22 for the 4-5:30pm skate session

Frequently Asked Questions

Can JHU affiliates register their families and guests to the JHU Affiliates Only sessions?

Yes, JHU affiliates may be accompanied by family members and guests, and those individuals should be included in online registrations. The JHU affiliate must be on the premises with their family and guests during the entire skating session for which they are registered. All attendees must be registered and must complete a waiver to enter, regardless of age or level of participation as a skater or observer.

Who is operating the Ice Rink? 

Johns Hopkins has contracted with Ice-America to install and fully operate the seasonal ice rink. 

Where will the ice rink be located?

The ice rink has a new location, off W. University Pkwy near the intersection of San Martin Drive, behind the Imagine Center. 

Does the ice rink site and experience meet ADA and accessibility requirements? 

Yes, our facilities team has worked closely with the Disability Support Services to ensure that the site and facilities meet all ADA requirements. 

How will the ice rink site be secured? 

The site includes two entrances- one for JHU affiliates and another for members of the public with security provided 24 hours, 7 days a week for the area.  

How will ice rink capacity be monitored and controlled? 

Participants must register for a skating session online. Skate intervals will be two hours (90-minute skate time/30-minute ice maintenance). A session will allow 100 persons on the ice, along with 75 non-skating companions for a total of 175 persons inside the ticketing portion of the rink at any time. 

Can I bring my own skates?

Attendees are welcome to bring their own skates.

Can I skate during sessions marked as “skate lessons only?”

Sessions marked “skate lessons only” are group lessons for all ages provided by the JHU Figure Skating Club. No free skating will take place during these sessions. Skate lessons may be a portion of the session followed by skating but all attendees are required to participate in the lessons.

Are employment opportunities available at the ice rink?

You can review job postings on Ice-America’s website.

How will weather-related closures be determined and communicated?

Weather such as snow, wind, or heavy rain may impact skating conditions or conditions at the rink facility for staff and participants. In those cases, we may need to close or cancel skate sessions

Warmer weather conditions do not usually impact the rink.

Any weather-related closures will be communicated to registered participants as soon as possible once a decision has been made, using the email address provided.

Cancellations will be noted at the top of this web page.

Contact

Please submit an email to icerink@jh.edu for questions or comments.