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Lace up for Burbank's ice rink

Parking lot behind City Hall will soon open to skaters and wintertime fun.

November 19, 2013|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com
  • Burbank Water & Power employee Chris Allen takes a look at the ice forming on a temporary skating rink that was installed behind City Hall, photographed on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013.
Burbank Water & Power employee Chris Allen takes… (Roger Wilson / Burbank…)

Grab your scarves and beanies and head to downtown Burbank Thursday for the grand opening of a temporary ice-skating rink.

On Thursday, the Los Angeles Ice Theater will perform at the rink’s grand opening and ribbon cutting, which will kick off at 5 p.m. After the performance, the rink will be open to the public for a skating session.

The rink — brought by the downtown Burbank property-based Business Improvement District — has been constructed in the parking lot behind City Hall, on the corner of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue.

The rink can accommodate up to 165 skaters at a time, with each skating session lasting up to 90 minutes. A session, along with an ice-skate rental, will cost each patron $13.

The rink is slated to open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week of Christmas and New Year’s Day, the rink will open at 10 a.m.

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While the rink is in operation, the city’s weekly farmers market will be held in the parking lot behind the Community Services Building.

The Burbank City Council last month hailed the project as an innovative way to draw consumers to businesses in the downtown area.

“It's going to attract people — it's a fresh, new idea,” Councilman Gary Bric said during the council meeting. “This is going to benefit the downtown overall and I guarantee they'll be crying for it to have it come back next year.”

For a schedule of the rink’s full hours of operation, visit www.downtown-burbank.org/events.php.

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