Rink revival

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    From the Niagara Gazette:

    The recent record snowfalls and frigid temperatures have delayed the installation of a free outdoor ice skating rink, set to open in DeVeaux Woods State Park.

    New York State Park spokesperson Angela Berti said workers removed more than 18 inches of snow Wednesday in an effort to refill the rink with water to create a safe skating surface.

    “We expect the rink to be open early next week,” Berti said. “We want this to become a community ice rink and we think it’s something that everyone is extremely excited for.”

    In October, the City Council announced a partnership with State Parks by agreeing to contribute $20,000 in casino revenues to transform the park’s former tennis courts into the city’s first outdoor ice skating rink since the closing of Lackey Plaza in 2003.

    Mayor Paul Dyster said the city and State Parks have done a good job of not allowing the project to fall through the cracks and expects the rink to be ready for skaters by Monday.

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