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Downtown ice rink extension to cost approximately $20k

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The cost for an additional two weeks of operation for the Main Street ice rink will be approximately $20,000, according to a city official.

Senior Assistant City Manager S. Allison Baker on Tuesday will ask Columbia City Council to extend the city's contract with Magic Ice USA, Inc. for two more weeks.

The 50' X 63' seasonal ice skating rink which has adorned Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art since Thanksgiving was set to close Sunday, January 6.

Revenue for the rink has exceeded $100,000, according to Baker. The charge to the city for the equipment rental and all services performed during the initial rental term was $158,500.

Citing increased foot traffic for businesses in the area, Parks and Recreation staff have asked that the rink continue operation until January 21.

Baker said he believes the revenue collected from January 7 through January 21 will cover the additional cost of $20,000, which will cover management and staffing, insurance, electricity and the ice chiller.

"We are pleased that so many have been receptive and supportive of this outdoor ice skating experience thus far and we hope that many more will take advantage of the opportunity to come out now that we are extending our season," said Jeff Caton, Director of City of Columbia Parks and Recreation.

If approved, the rink will operate seven days a week. New hours of operation will be as follows:

Monday – Friday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.  

The rink will operate on special hours on closing day from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Skating fees will include skate rentals and will remain at $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under. Special senior and military discounts will be offered.

Tuesday's meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at AC Moore Elementary School.

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