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Friends of the OVAL Foundation

About Us

The Friends of the OVAL Foundation is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting, maintaining, and improving the John Rose Minnesota OVAL and the Roseville Skating Center. Built in 1993, the OVAL is a unique ice facility hosting national and international competitions in Speed Skating and Bandy, and is an important local and regional recreational facility for all skating sports.

The Friends of the OVAL Foundation supports and encourages the utilization of the OVAL for recreational as well as competitive use, and thus is supportive of:

  • Hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Speed skating 
  • Bandy 
  • In-line skating
  • Public recreational skating 

The Foundation works closely with the City of Roseville Parks and Recreation department and the Skating Center administration to determine how to best utilize the Foundation’s resources.


Friends of the OVAL Foundation "Wall of Fame" in the lobby of the John Rose Minnesota OVAL. Donations of $500 or more will receive permanent recognition here. Donations over $5,000 will receive a larger placard..


How to Get Involved

Our volunteer Board of Directors recognizes that this unique facility requires visionary leadership in order to maintain its World-class status as a competitive venue. Board members serve three year terms, ideally representing the interests of all local skating communities, including hockey, speed skating, figure skating, bandy, in-line skating, and public recreational skating. 

Board members advocate for the organization, help set strategic policy for financial oversight of the endowment, approve grant applications and are involved in the planning and attendance at organization events and fundraisers.   

Anyone with an interest in our mission and is willing to share resources and talents with our foundation are encouraged to get involved. Nominations for open positions on the Board are entertained at the annual meeting each September.


How to Donate

The Friends of the OVAL Foundation is registered in the State of Minnesota as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and as such, your donation is fully tax-deductible. 

Any donation, large or small, is appreciated and will be used strictly in support of the OVAL and Skating Center. Large donors will receive permanent recognition on the “Wall of Fame” in the Skating Center lobby. 

Donations can be sent directly to the Friends of the OVAL Foundation, c/o Roseville Skating Center, 2661 Civic Center Drive, Roseville, MN 55113, or through any board member. 

For more information on donations, recognition on the Wall of Fame, or a position on the Board of Directors, contact Joe VonDrasek, President of the Friends of the OVAL Foundation.


Grant Application Guidelines


Friends of the OVAL Annual Meeting and Election

The Friends of the OVAL Foundation will hold their annual meeting and officer elections in September.  New board members from the skating community are needed.