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Curtis Hixon Park gets ice skating rink for holidays

Ice skating — in Tampa?

Well, at least for a little while.

The city was finishing the installation this week of an ice rink at Curtis Hixon Park downtown.

The rink was expected to open today through Jan. 2. And yes, it's real ice.

The 44- by 100-foot rink sits on a bed of sand. Above the sand sits a sheet of plastic and a series of tubes filled with a substance colder than freezing, which circulates through a chiller turning water to ice.

Skating costs $10 for 90 minutes and includes skate rental. The rink is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. The rink will be closed Thanksgiving Day, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24, and 4 to 10 p.m. on Christmas. For more information, call (813) 251-3378 or visit tampasdowntownonice.com.

Times staff writer

Curtis Hixon Park gets ice skating rink for holidays 11/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 18, 2010 3:30am]
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