THURSDAY, Jan. 14 — Ice on the roads is no fun, but the City of East Lansing is hoping that ice in a park will give residents another winter entertainment option. A temporary pop-up ice skating will be installed in Valley Court Park next month.
The rink will be free and open to the general public for two weeks, from Feb. 11 to Feb. 25. Hours of operation will be from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting. The installation of the rink is a community outreach effort spearheaded by the East Lansing Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Management Board. The groups would like the rink to become a seasonal offering in the city.
"We are so pleased to support this community engagement project and believe that the rink will offer a different, meaningful activity for residents and downtown visitors,” said Bill Mansfield, East Lansing Downtown Development Authority chairman.
The rink can accommodate approximately 40 to 50 skaters at one time. Daily operations of the rink will be managed by staff with the East Lansing Department of Planning, Building & Development and community volunteers.
“We will be seeking the assistance of community volunteers to help with assembling and maintaining the rink. A call for volunteers will be issued in the next two weeks,” said Amy Schlusler, Downtown Management Board coordinator and community development specialist with the Department of Planning, Building & Development.
Community members are encouraged to visit downtownel.com for project updates and volunteer opportunities.