Kent Freeman Arena
The Kent Freeman Arena, located at the fairgrounds in Detroit Lakes, was originally built in 1960. It features an 85’ x 200’ sheet of ice along with the seating capacity to hold 1,350 people. In 1999 a major expansion project was completed which greatly enhanced the facility.
This expansion included an additional 85’ x 195’ sheet of ice along with 8 new locker rooms, restroom facilities, and a commons area which houses the new concession stand. The original arena, known as arena #1 is the main rink used for games and tournaments. Arena #2 is mainly used for practice and youth hockey games.
Events that take place at the Sports Arena when the ice is not in include circuses, auction sales, Becker County Fair, festivals and community functions. For information pertaining to the rental of the sports arena, see the Rental section
The Kent Freeman Sports Arenas are available for rent during non-ice times, typically March, April, May, August and September. If you are interested in renting or have questions regarding the sports arena(s), you may contact the Public Works Dept at (218) 847-4637 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arena Rental Policies
People’s Park Outdoor Rink
Peoples Park Outdoor Rink, established in 2010, is located at 1324 Peoples Street across the street from the Kent Freeman Sports Arena. There are three skating rinks – two with hockey boards and one free skating area. One of the hockey rinks has a concrete base that can be used in the summer.
The warming house has restrooms and an attached picnic shelter with a kitchenette that is equipped with a refrigerator and sink. If you are interested in renting the warming house, shelter or kitchenette area please see rental information (link to Sports Arena rental section).
Warming House Hours
Options for renting the facilities at Peoples Park vary by season.
During the summer months (no ice), there is the option to rent the warming house, which includes the kitchenette and picnic shelter. The concrete-base hockey rink may be rented as well for an additional fee.
During the winter months (ice time), the only rental opportunity is for the kitchenette and shelter area, which includes the use of the indoor bathrooms. There are no reservations taken for the warming house or any of the ice rinks during the winter. There are no reservations or fees charged to use the gazebo. If you are interested in renting or have questions regarding the Peoples Park facilities, contact the City Administration Center at (218) 846-7127.