The City of Lansing today announced that they will be opening a new ice-skating rink at Washington Park (2516 S. Washington Avenue).
The ice-skating rink is an open-air area with boards, that will be flooded and can be used to skate on when the weather is cold enough to turn the water to ice. The ice-skating rink will not have ice skating rentals nor concessions, and will simply be an open contained area where people can come to ice skate.
Weather permitting, the skating rink will open this evening and close at 10:00 pm. It will continue to be available until the spring when the temperature is continuously warm enough that it will no longer ice over. While the rink is open, there will be lights on and restrooms available.
Washington Park is the location of the previous in-door City of Lansing ice rink, which was closed when costs were too much due to budgetary limitations.
“I am thrilled to announce the opening of this open-air ice-skating rink at Washington Park,” said Mayor Andy Schor. “I join many Lansing residents in recalling the fun of skating at the Washington Park ice rink with my family years ago. While we don't have the budget to bring back a full ice-skating rink, I am happy that the city is able to flood this part of the park and create an ice rink that people can use with their own skates. With the cooperation of the weather, the icerink will be yet another great amenity for our residents.”
The outdoor ice-skating rink at Washington Park will be 55 feet by 90 feet. Admission to the iceskating rink is free and participants must bring their own skates.
The Parks and Recreation Department advises that skating conditions are weather dependent and will be best at temperatures below 28 degrees. Skating will be at your own risk and hockey will not be permitted at the rink.
This open-air ice-skating rink is part of the city’s continued effort to bring Lansing neighbors together and foster a sense of community.