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Skaters Break In the Ice at Downtown Farmington Rink

City officials, skaters turn out for the Riley Park Ice Rink opening Tuesday afternoon.

Farmington mayor Bill Galvin welcomes skaters. Video credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Farmington mayor Bill Galvin welcomes skaters. Video credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Farmington mayor Bill Galvin says a bit of work remains, but the Riley Park Ice Rink in downtown Farmington opened to skaters Tuesday afternoon.

Volunteers spent the morning laying down rubber mats and artificial turf pads, and stringing lights over the rink, which is located on Grand River at Grove Street. Portable toilets have been brought in near the closed restrooms in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion

The rink is open free of charge; bring your own skates, rentals are not available. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday to Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The city hasn't located a Zamboni to clear the ice, but public works superintendent Chuck Eudy said shovels will be kept on-site as a temporary measure. An official ribbon cutting will be held sometime in the new year. 

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