Outdoor Skating & Sledding

Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2022

Reminder: dogs should remain on leash when near bodies of water, to protect them and owners from falling through thin ice! 

Ice Skating
DPW has checked all skating locations and at this time none of the locations are safe. Please keep checking back for updates. 

Be safe while sledding and send us your pictures - parkandrecreation@needhamma.gov. Follow the tips for safe sledding below!

Outdoor Skating Locations

  • Horsford: Central Avenue, across from RTS, at entrance to Town Forest.
  • Farley: South Street, 3/10 mile from Chestnut Street intersection - on right. Be respectful of neighbors when parking - there is limited on-street parking.
  • Reservoir: 470 Dedham Avenue, behind the Department of Public Works. The lights at the Reservoir are currently out of order. We will updates when/if they can be turned on.
  • Walker-Gordon: Charles River Street, 2/10 mile from Central Avenue - on right
  • Rosemary Lake: Rosemary Street - enter from small parking lot near apartments at Chamber's Cove
    Note: warm water streams keep Rosemary Lake from freezing quickly.
  • Sportsman's: Great Plain Avenue, between Central Avenue and Marked Tree Road behind the brick building.

Sledding Tips

  • Examine area for hazards such as trees, rocks, and man-made jumps.
  • Dress properly, protecting hands, feet, and your face from the cold.
  • Check sled before use. Do not use sleds without a method of control.
  • Sled on snow-packed hills with at least one other person. Do not sled on ice.
  • Keep your head at back of sled and wear a helmet.
  • Be conscious of areas where young children are sledding.
  • Make sure to look for obstructions like trees and rocks.
  • Find at least one other person to go sledding with and pick a time of day when there is plenty of light.
  • Do not build snow jumps.