Rinks

           Minnesota’s Indoor and Outdoor Recreational Roller Rinks

 

Rinks, both indoor and outdoor, are excellent controlled venues to safely practice new skills. Blended with qualified skate instruction, we recommend using flat smooth concrete, wood, grass, carpet and/or asphalt to refine skating skills. The following are a list of places to practice skating.

Indoor Roller Rink Directory

Cheap Skate: Coon Rapids, MN

Roller Gardens: St. Louis Park, MN

Saints North : Maplewood, MN

Skateville: Burnsville, MN

Skatin’ Place: St. Cloud, MN

Woodbury Fun Zone: Woodbury, MN

Outdoor Roller Rink Directory:

Chanhassen Recreation Center: concrete rink in Chanhassen, MN

John Rose Oval: concrete rink in Roseville, MN

Lexington Park: concrete rink in Roseville, MN

Nelson Park: asphalt rink in St. Louis Park, MN

Plymouth Creek Park: concrete rink in Plymouth, MN

Colby Lake Park: aspalt rink in  Woodbury, MN

Kargel Park: concrete rink in Woodbury, MN

Ojibway Park: concrete rink in Woodbury, MN

 

Baker Park Reserve

Trail: Baker Park Reserve 

Description:  Baker Park Reserve trail is part of Three Rivers park and trail system adjacent to Lake Independence,  constructed on a rolling prairie which loops around a small lake.

Length: 6.23 miles

Getting There: The reserve is located about 20 miles west of downtown Minneapolis off of County Road 19.  From Highway 12, take County Road 29 north to County Road 19, and follow County Road 19 north to the main park entrance. The park entrance is approximately ½ mile north of Dairy Queen on Cty Rd. 19.

Or Travel on Hwy 55 to County Road 19, turn south and follow 19 to the main entrance. Entrance will be on your left.

Difficulty: With its smooth asphalt, low usage and consistent moderate size inclines, Baker park is prime territory for anaerobic interval training, sport specific muscular power development and inline skating skill technique refinement.  Due to lengthy moderate inclines and corners requiring stopping and turning skills at speed, we give Baker Park Reserve trail an intermediate trail difficulty rating.

Usage: Due to its remote location, the number of users is far less than other popular locations such as Lake Calhoun or Dakota Rail Regional Trail.

Surface Condition:  Since the surface is fresh smooth asphalt, the condition is very good.

Scenery:  With nearly 2,700 acres of natural lanscape including a view of prairie and lakes with Trumpeteer Swans, Baker Park Reserve’s inline skating trail is a beautiful not-to-distant remote getaway from busy city life.  The trail offers fantastic views during fall leaf color changes in late September early October.

Water:  There is one fountain pump near the northwest end of the loop. We recommend bringing a personal water source, snack and minor skate repair tools.

Parking:  General parking at Three Rivers parks and trails is free for personal vehicles. Reservations and fees are required for premium parking areas and certain vehicles.

Click here for more on Baker Park Reserve trails, parking and passes:

Skating ability recommendations:  We recommend proficiency in OSB Level 1 – 4, and trail skate classes . Skaters’ who can stop, start and turn with ease on flats and down moderate inclines; are able to employ the defensive skate position, stabilizer, heel brake stop, heel pump stop, grass stop and modified trail stride are prepared for Baker Park Reserve Trails. Due to its remote location, we recommend skating with a friend and cell phone.

Fitness recommendations:  We recommend skaters can skate at least 12 miles on beginner inline skate trails such as the greenway with some ease.

Other Trails that Connect:  If you are interested in combining endurance with interval hill skating exercise, we recommend exploring Lake Independence Regional Trail which intersects with Baker Park Reserve trail.

Commentary:  The adjacent park has numerous other recreational facilities for swimming, boating, picnicing, camping and golfing.  

 Map:   

Baker Park Reserve Trail Map

Link: Interactive Map. Click here for an Interactive Map of Baker Park Reserve Trails,

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Lesson Meeting Place: We will meet you at the main entrance parking lot on Hwy 19. Parking fees apply. An alternate option is parking on the residential streets and walking or rolling to the park’s main entrance.

 

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Trails

Minnesota Trails

For inline skating trail descriptions, access, maps and difficulty ratings click on the preferred links:

Baker Park Reserve Trail

Trail: Brown’s Creek State Trail

Description: Browns Creek State Trail is picturesque trail beginning at the St. Croix River riverfront from historic downtown Stillwater. The smooth asphalt trail takes skaters through beautiful scenic views toward the Gateway Trail. The trail is very smooth with a slight uphill grade towards the Greenway. Due to the slight gradual slope ROBICHON’S rates the trail difficulty as a beginner intermediate trail.
Length: 5.9 miles out

Brown’s Creek State Trail Description

 

The 5.9-mile Brown’s Creek State Trail, which opened in October 2014, is the latest addition to Minnesota’s extensive trail system. The rail-trail stretches from the St. Croix riverfront town of Stillwater to meet up with the popular Gateway State Trail in the town of Grant, thus becoming part of the expansive Willard Munger State Trail system. With this connection, trail users have direct access to the St. Croix River via off-road trails from the capital city of Saint Paul to Stillwater.

The paved route follows the former Minnesota Zephyr line that operated a dinner train along the route until 2008. Noted for its scenery, the route passes through woodlands along a 2-mile stretch of dedicated trout stream and through a mile-long corridor alongside the St. Croix River, a National Scenic Riverway and Minnesota’s only river in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. The trail passes several historic sites. It also enables users to connect to local and regional parks and trails in the Stillwater area.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has installed a bicycle tune-up station in downtown Stillwater, two blocks south of the trail near Water Street. A second station is proposed for the Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve, located about halfway along the trail west of Stillwater.

Restrooms are located 0.25 mile south of the eastern trailhead at the pedestrian walkway, and seasonally at the Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve on Neal Avenue, halfway along the trail on the left. A seasonal portable toilet is also located on the Gateway State Trail at MN 96, 0.25 mile northeast of the intersection with the Brown’s Creek State Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

To access the trail in Stillwater, from Saint Paul, take I-694 to Exit 52B. Merge onto MN 36 E., and go 8.5 miles. Turn left onto MN 95 N./St. Croix Trail. In 2 miles, parking will be on the left at Laurel St.

Midway on the trail, parking is available at Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve. From Saint Paul, take I-694 to Exit 52B. Merge onto MN 36 E., and go 5 miles. Turn left onto Manning Ave. N., and go 2.6 miles. Turn right onto McKusick Road N., and in 1 mile, turn right onto Neal Ave. N. Parking will be on the right in 0.1 mile.

To access the trail in Grant, from Saint Paul, take I-694 to Exit 52B. Merge onto MN 36 E., and go 0.5 mile. Take the exit toward Hilton Trail, and follow Hilton north 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Stillwater Road/75th St. N., and go 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Jamaca Ave. In 1.9 miles, turn right onto MN 96/Dellwood Road. Parking will be on the right near the trestle bridge at 1.4 miles. Follow the Gateway State Trail southwest 0.25 mile to reach Brown’s Creek State Trail.

 

Skate Camps for You

Summer Camps Hosted by Your Organization

Robichon’s Inline can provide customized inline skating lessons and programs for all types of summer camps. Basic skating skills, fitness skating, ramp skating and beginning inline hockey are just a few camp options.

Through the years Robichon’s Inline has provided inline skating instruction for various summer camps throughout Minnesota. Below is a sampling of just a few of the organizations we have partnered with over the years.

  • Eden Prairie Safety Camp
  • Annunciation Church Day Camp
  • Chanhassen Safety Camp
  • St. Louis Park Festival
  • Minneapolis Police Kids Camp
  • Edina Kids Club
  • Mankato Inservice
  • Plymouth Summer Camp
  • Maple Grove Summer Camp
  • Detroit Lakes Summer Festival
  • Anoka Ramsey Kid U

Summer Camp Options & Price List*,**

Inline Camp #1 (1 time Feature in camp) 1.25 hours of instruction
$150/session up to 12 skaters (1 instructor) ($12.50 per skater)
$225/session per 13-24 skaters (2 instructors) ($9-$17 per skater)
$300/session per 25-36 skaters (3 instructors) ($8-$12 per skater)

Inline Camp #2 (Weekly) 1.25 hours of instruction (3 week minimum)
$130/week up to 12 skaters (1 instructor)($11/skater/week)
$205/week 13-24 skaters (2 instructors) ($8.50-$15/skater/week)
$280/week 25-36 skaters (3 instructors) ($8-$11/skater/week)

Inline Camp #3 (Camp in itself) 1 Day (2.5 hours)
$275 8-12 skaters (1 instructor) ($23-$34/skater)
$440 13-24 skaters (2 instructors) ($18-$34/skater)
$630 25-36 skaters (3 instructors) ($17.50-$25/skater)

Inline Camp #4 (Week Long Daily Camp) 5 days (2.5 hours/day)
$1500 8-12 skaters (1 instructor) ($125-$188/skater)
$2400 13-24 skaters (2 instructors) $100-$185/skater)
$3300 25-36 skaters (3 instructors) ($92-132/skater)

*Full protective gear is mandatory.
**Add $10/per skater/per session if skate and protective gear rental is needed.

Calendar

 

  • October 7, 2017 / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Backwards and Transitions

Plymouth Creek Park: 3625 Fernbrook Lane

  • October 7, 2017 / 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Classic Fitness Stride ( Forward Push /Triangle Stance 1)

Plymouth Creek Park

  • October 14, 2017/ 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Trail Skate 2 – t-drag, classic stride and (up to six mile skate)

Browns Creek State Trail

Laurel Street East downtown Stillwater, MN at the eastern end of the trail.

  • October 14, 2017 / 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Classic Fitness Stride (The fall, Triangle Stance 2)

Brown’s Creek State Trail

Laurel Street East downtown Stillwater, MN at the eastern end of the trail.

  • October 21, 2017 / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Crossover Drills (lunge turns, Static Crossovers)

Plymouth Creek Park

  • October 21, 2017 / 11:15 – 12:15 PM

Brakeless Braking (Inward glide stop, ski stops)

Plymouth Creek Park: 3625 Fernbrook Lane

  • October 28, 2017 / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Classic Fitness Stride (Recovery and Set Down)

Plymouth Creek Park

  • October 28, 2017 / 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Totally Turns (Y-frame and Ski Turns)

Plymouth Creek Park

  • November 4, 2017 / 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Skate Maintenance

Kenwood Elementary School; 2013 Penn Ave S / Minneapolis, MN

  • November 4, 2017 / 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Pacelines/ Stretching

Lake Calhoun/Lake of the Isles

Kenwood Elementary School; 2013 Penn Ave S / Minneapolis, MN

Skate Vacation

North American Skate Vacations

Robichon’s Skate Ventures specializes in North American Skate Trips. Once you have experienced our world leading skate instruction programs, it is time to benefit from your efforts and explore the world on your inline skates.

Hilton Head Island Learn-to-Skate Vacation.

  • Hilton Head Island, SC // November 4 – November 8, 2018 is a  learn-to-skate vacation on Hilton Head Island.  Hilton Head Island  is a vacation enclave with public trails navigating its entire perimeter. In the resort we stay we have a multitude of private trails which we utilize during the course of our  learn-to-skate adventure.   We would love to have you on our Hilton Head Island Skate Adventure.

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Rules of the Road

 “SLAPP”  Safety and Etiquette Rules of the Road 

“S”  Skate Smart

  • Wear protective gear: use a standardized properly fitted helmet (keep it clipped while on skates), wrist guards, elbow and knee pads,
  • Master Outdoor Skate Basic Skills:  Learn how to skate on hazardous terrain; i.e., hills, protective falling, slowing and stopping, and turning techniques for maneuverability,
  • Know your ability level. Skate within your ability level.
  • Keep your equipment in good working order. Check for loose axels prior to each skate. Tighten if loose.
  • Begin on flat, smooth, debris and traffic free parking lot, skate rink or gym. Use carpet to find balance.
  • Learn-to-skate first. Take a lesson from a qualified skate instructor before you skate the trails.

“L” Skate Legal

  • Each local government may have their own set of skate use rules and regulations regarding where you can and cannot skate.  Research these rules and skate in designated outdoor skate areas,
  • Skate with the flow of traffic. Avoid areas where traffic is heavy.
  • When skating on sidewalks or pathways,  know local rules of right of way and follow the community rules.

“A” Skate Aware

  • Skate in control; be able to slow or stop anywhere at any speed,
  • Watch for road hazards,
  • Avoid water, oil, uneven broken pavement, soft tar “snakes”, leaves, twigs that could cause a fall,
  • Avoid hills if you are unable to slow or stop. Use grass or remove skates and walk the hill.

“P” Skate Polite

  • When turning, signal your direction with hand signals and announce your intentions. For example, loudly state, “passing on your left” or “passing on your right” prior to merging,
  • Be aware of other trail users and always be courteous,
  • When stopping on a trail, ensure no one is behind you and step out of the flow of traffic. Standing out of the flow of traffic will protect you and other trail users,
  • Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists and other skaters.  As skaters, we have the responsibility for not colliding with the person ahead.

“P” Skate Prepared

  • Skate with skate tools provided by your skate manufacturer,
  • Skate with friends or an identification,
  • Skate with water or other liquids to replenish fluids/electrolytes. Know if water source is available on the recreational trail you use,
  • Skate trails you know you can manage. Take a professional outdoor skate lesson.