1019 West Lake Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
Public Skate Line: (309)686-3366
Manager: Doug Silberer [email protected]
Get to Owens by bus using CityLink route #14
Public Skate Hours: Click here.
An indoor ice skating facility featuring two full-size rinks. It offers year-round ice skating lessons for ages 3+ and comprehensive hockey and specialty figure skating.
History of Owens Center
The construction of Owens Center marks the fifth generation of ice skating for the Peoria Park District. Initially offering this winter sport activity at the Glen Oak Park Lagoon, then graduating to flooded tennis courts, which lead to flooding of a small, level area of ground at Bradley Park and finally, constructing an artificial refrigerated rink in Lakeview Park adjacent to the swimming pool. After increasing demand, yet another facility was constructed in Logan Park, which eventually was equipped with a temporary air structure, offering Peoria’s first indoor facility.
The community interest lead to demanding continuation of growth in ice skating to provide yet another indoor year round skating facility. As a result of the continuation, the Park District announced the birth of Owens Center in 1977.
After two years of stressful planning, the Park District Board approved the $2.6 million facility proposal. The finances for this project were obtained through bond issues totaling $1.5 million. The additional finances were funded by the Public Building Commission Bonds. The Park site work for the Center began in the fall of 1978, followed by construction starting in the spring of 1979, with a completion and grand opening date of October 3, 1980.
Included in this facility are two official size ice rinks, eight locker rooms, a large meeting room, pro shop, concession stand, skate rental, and a large lobby. Owens Center was not only the largest facility constructed by the Park District at the time, but it is also named after Rhodell E. Owens, former director of the Peoria Park District and full time employee of 35 years.
The facility was opened with a special visit from Olympic champions such as Dorothy Hamill, Diane Holum and Eric Strobel, which is believed to attribute to the overwhelming response to the Learn-To-Skate Lesson Program, Hockey Program, and Public Skating.
As trends and demands of community interest change, the Park District is hopeful that the programming at Owens Center can continue to offer unlimited recreation.
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Daily Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
For custom work please call (309-686-3368) to schedule an appointment with the Edge Pro Shop manager.