LANSING, Michigan – It’s the most wonderful time of year in downtown Lansing. The state Christmas tree is in place, the holiday decorations are in place and now the ice rink is back in front of City Hall and ready for the holiday season.
“We have set up an ice rink outside of Town Hall as an additional fun activity in our downtown area. It was generously donated by the Community Foundation, ”said Mayor Andy Schor. “We want to provide the amenities and an exciting, vibrant city and a fun downtown. We know we’ve struggled with COVID. And people don’t go out. They don’t go downtown as much as they do. before. But here you have an outdoor option.
The synthetic ice rink is over 3,300 square feet and is located directly on Town Hall Square.
And the best part is, it won’t melt.
“We have a plastic sheet here. So it’s available all the time, which means it’s not affected by the weather, we don’t have a cooling system underneath,” said Brett Kaschinske, director of parks and recreation for the city of Lansing. “If you have a younger one, whereas if you want to teach him or help him to ice skate, that would be very difficult about that, it’s a little nicer to go out and help that individual skate. . “
The ice rink is free for the public. Officials say it will be open until the end of March and dismantled in April.
You can skate until 10 p.m. everyday. Security cameras are in place and the area will be lit after dark.
“We’re trying to market you, skate rental or skate borrowing and stuff like that,” Schor said.
But for not, you will have to bring your own skates to enjoy the fun. Figure skates and hockey skates are permitted, but playing ice hockey on the rink is not permitted.
“We’re not saying you have to skate in one direction, but obviously you want to maintain the speed there,” Kaschinske said.
You are also reminded to pay attention to others around you while you are having fun. Heckling or eating and drinking is prohibited inside the rink.
The maximum capacity of the rink is 66 according to the State of Michigan and the Ingham County Department of Health. Masks and 6ft social distancing are also required.
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