Ice rink at University of Michigan-Flint opening for season this weekend

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/7/2018) - The ice rink at University of Michigan-Flint is opening for the season on Saturday.

A free grand opening event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. with open skating, music, free food, giveaways and other activities. The Crystal Skating Academy will offer free lessons during the event.

Free skate rentals will be available, but anyone with their own skates should bring them due to limited quantities.

Skaters are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the University of Michigan-Flint's annual student-led holiday food drive, which benefits the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

“We’re looking forward to another fun and exciting year of skating and hopes that the community joins us all season,” said Theresa Landis, director of recreational services.

The rink is located under the pavilion on Saginaw Street near the south bank of the Flint River between the University Pavilion and Riverwalk Park.

The ice rink opened in 2015 after a 25-year absence following the closure of the Water Street Paviliion, which became the University Pavilion. The first ice at the location started in 1985.

Open skates will be available weather permitting through the winter until it closes for the season in March. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. on weekends, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Call 810-762-3441 to confirm the rink status and availability.

Skate rental will also be available for $3 throughout the rest of the season.

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