Outdoor skating rink in Washington Park

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Lansing's Washington Park opened up a new outdoor ice skating rink Thursday night. The previous one closed down in 2007. There was also an indoor dome with skating inside as well, that closed down in 2011.

The rink will be open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM, and will close when temperatures get too warm. It's free and open to all ages and levels.

News 10 was able to catch up with Lansing mayor Andy Schor Thursday who said he misses the days when an outdoor rink was available.

“It’s exciting to have an open-air ice rink. It closed down several years ago due to budgetary constraints, which trust me, I understand. It’s great to have an amenity here, to have an open ice rink, to have a place where people can come. Many people remember when there used to be both an open ice rink and a domed rink," said Andy Schor, Lansing Mayor.

The rink will not provide ice skate nor concessions, and hockey playing is not allowed. The rink is 55' X 90', and will be maintained each night.

"We wanted to provide something for the citizens of Lansing. We’re here in Washington Park which is right in the middle of the city. It’s free. Check the weather, don’t come if it’s too hot because there won’t be any ice, but people have to bring their own skates. There’s no concessions. It’s basic, it’s a first step. There’s some restrooms, some benches, and it’s just a cool thing to have for the residents of Lansing," said Schor.

There are no walls around the rink and skaters will use it at their own risk.