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Water fills new ice rink at Atwood Stadium

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(01/15/14) - Flint's Atwood Stadium is now home to the city's only public ice rink.

Wednesday, mother nature brought the perfect combination of cold and wind to begin a new chapter at Flint's Atwood Stadium.

"This is an exciting day for us," said Robert K. McMahan, Ph.D., President of Kettering University.

With the turn of a switch, thousands of gallons of water began pouring into the newly constructed ice rink.

"This is first time ever ice skating. Typically in the winter time, the stadium sits unused, so this will animate the whole neighborhood," said John McGarry, of Kettering University.

This is latest addition to the stadium since Kettering University took ownership of Atwood during the summer.

"Hopefully we'll be able to create a nice atmosphere for winter activities, get people out here and have kids and family out and have fun," McGarry said.

It will take roughly 30,000 gallons of water and four truck loads to cover the rink.

Extreme cold and an ice storm delayed the process, but finally, the thumbs up from mother nature.

"We've been fortunate because we needed a couple days where the temperatures were above freezing to fill it, we've got those. Then this weekend it's going to turn cold again and surface the ice," McMahan said.

As soon as the water sets, skating will be free and open to the public - the first opportunity of its kind in Flint in quite some time.

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