Ice skating rink coming to downtown Lansing

Lansing


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) Grab your ice skates and get ready to head to downtown Lansing. The city along with Community Foundation are partnering to bring a synthetic ice skating rink to the downtown area. The rink will be over 3300 square feet and installation is targeted for early February.

The skating rink will be located on City Hall Plaza, at the corner of Capitol Avenue and
Michigan Avenue, directly across the street from the Michigan Capitol Building. Colorful lighting
will be added on and surrounding the rink, as well as benches, heaters and other amenities o
the plaza next to the rink.

“Our community is hungry for safe things to do outdoors this winter, and this is a perfect way
we can help keep families busy and our downtown vibrant for years to come,” said Laurie
Baumer, executive vice president of the Community Foundation.

Linda Vail, health officer at the Ingham County Health Department, is comfortable with the rink
from a safety perspective, as long as there are no crowds. The City of Lansing Parks and
Recreation Department will maintain the rink and manage its use. It is hoped that skate rental
and concessions will be available in the future.

“The City of Lansing is proud to partner with the Community Foundation to install a skating rink
with artificial ice right outside of City Hall in downtown Lansing,” said Mayor Schor. “We are
continuing to find ways to offer safe, outdoor activities for Lansing residents to enjoy amid the
COVID-19 pandemic. I encourage everyone to head downtown and check out the new ice rink
when it’s open.”

The rink will be a destination and an exciting addition to downtown Lansing every winter. It will
also enhance Lansing’s “Silver Bells in the City” parade and festivities that draw 65,000 people
who welcome the season every November. Because the rink is portable, it can be moved to other locations throughout the city for maximum use and accessibility to residents.

The Community Foundation is seeking financial sponsors to defray costs, who will be recognized
on boards around the rink. For sponsorship information, contact Laurie Baumer at
lbaumer@ourcommunity.org.

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