Ice skating rink will open Friday

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:33 p.m.

After a five-year hiatus, the ice skating rink will return Friday to downtown Gainesville.

It was scheduled to open last week but was delayed.

Russell Etling, with the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, attributed the delay to logistical and supply difficulties that Midwest Display Inc., the firm that will operate the rink, faced in getting the rink set up by last Friday.

"They were unable to get everything in place to get it up by Friday," Etling said.

Because of the delay in opening, the rink's stay on the Bo Diddley Downtown Community Plaza will also be extended one week from Jan. 6 to Jan 13.

The city discontinued the rink in 2007 because of budget issues. This year, the city will not provide Midwest Display any funding to operate the rink and will receive 10 percent of the ticket revenues.

The Plaza Ice Palace will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. Prices are $10 per person, including skate rental, for one hour or $7 per person for those who bring their own skates.

Christopher Curry is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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