Winninghoff Park Location
Winninghoff Park: Ice Rink and Outdoor Amphitheater
Philipsburg offers what is probably Montana’s most picturesque outdoor skating experience at Winninghoff Park. The Missoulian newspaper described the rink, and the backdrop of century old buildings nearby, as ‘a scene from Currier & Ives.’ Built in the National Historic District, it is only a block from Philipsburg’s famous candy store, lodging, restaurants and other downtown amenities. This NHL-sized natural ice rink is also the newest in the state and was erected on a 40-year-old rink site. The new facility is made of a special rink liner with 24-inch boards. Ice conditions vary with the weather but the town does have its own Zamboni for ice maintenance. There is also a sledding hill adjacent to the rink. Children under 16 must wear helmets. Helmets are available for use at the rink.
The Philipsburg rink is open to the public seven days a week until 10pm in the evening. It has a lighting system for week nights and is turned on from 6pm to 10pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings or by arrangement for scheduled events.
In the summer, the sculpted hillside arena is considered one of the finest new music venues in the Rockies. Concert-goers bring chairs and blankets to sit on the grass. The arena seats over 3,000 comfortably in an outdoor space located in the town’s historic downtown. The venue was inaugurated by Montana’s Mission Mountain Wood Band in August 2010.
Donations for the operation of the rink and club house may be sent to Philipsburg Rotary, PO Box 10, Philipsburg, MT 59858.
Winninghoff Park may also be rented out for events. Please email Gina Berry, the Philipsburg Clerk/Treasurer, to inquire about ice rink or outdoor amphitheater rental. You can contact her at phl5135 [at] blackfoot [dot] net or 406-859-3821.