Arena Task Force

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On Feb. 16, 2016, the Arena Task Force submitted a report containing 13 recommendations for the county’s indoor ice arena system to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.

All 13 recommendations outlined in the report are only proposals at this time. The recommendations have not been accepted and approved by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners or enacted by the Parks & Recreation department. The board will be reviewing the recommendations closely in the coming months along with public feedback prior to making any final decisions. Public comment can be submitted through the link below or by calling 651-748-2500. The public comment period will end on March 31, 2016. 

The Arena Task Force is a group of residents representing a variety of interests who were appointed by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners  to lead a countywide study of the county's ice arenas. The ATF was created to ensure that the county is providing the best recreation services and opportunities we can responsibly manage.

Ramsey County manages 13 sheets of ice at 11 locations – one of the largest arena systems in Minnesota, if not the country. The operation of such a widespread system is rapidly approaching a critical point. The number of people who use our arenas is changing. Refrigerant mandates and aging infrastructure require the county to take a close, planful look at the future of the arenas.

Ramsey County Parks & Recreation has always been proactive in prudently improving our arenas to keep pace with the ever-changing needs of our community. The ATF represents our commitment to remaining relevant and responsive to those needs by effectively managing our arenas.

The ATF will lead the arena study with the support of a technical advisory team, and make recommendations to the county board using a thorough community engagement process.


Purpose and timeline

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Meeting agendas and minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
Jan. 13, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Dec. 10, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 12, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 22, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 24, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Aug. 20, 2015 Agenda Minutes
July 16, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 11, 2015 Agenda Minutes
May 14, 2015 Agenda Minutes
April 23, 2015 Agenda Minutes