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Rosa Parks Circle gets icy, open to skaters

Downtown is decked out in holiday lighting and crowds are breaking in the ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle.
Ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle

Ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle /Eric Tank

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Ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle

Ice rink at Rosa Parks Circle /Eric Tank

Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids is flooded every winter to create an ice skating rink open for public use. The four seasons place-based public space has once again been transformed into an ice rink now through early March 2015 depending on the weather. 

A small fee of $2 for adults and $1 for kids is charged for open hours between noon and 10 p.m. Special hours and closures are listed on the city website.

Located next to the GRAM on the south end is a shanty where skates can be rented for free by providing a photo ID. Individuals are welcome to bring their own skates as well. 

Rosa Parks Circle is maintained by City Parks and Recreation. It was designed by Maya Lin to reflect the rapids in the city's namesake with rolling grassy mounds and misting water fountains. Beneath the ice are 166 fiber optic lights that form the pattern of the Millenium evening sky as it was astronomically mapped on January 1, 2000. 

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