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Skating rink install begins at James Street Plaza in downtown Ludington

December 13, 2018 GMT

A synthetic ice skating rink was installed at James Street Plaza in downtown Ludington Tuesday evening, but it won’t be ready for the public to skate on until Thursday.

The 20-by-40-foot rink is located on the north side of the plaza, and it consists of many panels that interlock together like puzzle pieces, which can be skated on with ice skates. The panels are portable and reusable.

Jen Tooman, Downtown Development Authority communication and marketing manager, who helped organize the installation, said skaters shouldn’t use the rink yet because the installation work isn’t done. Tooman said she wants to make sure all the panels are level and aligned properly, and there is also a glide spray that is supposed to be applied to the panels. The rink should be open for the public to skate on Thursday, she said.

“We have to work out the uneven kinks, but overall it’s pretty sweet,” she said. “I’m eager to dig out my skates and give it a try.”

To read the full story, check out the print or E-edition of Thursday’s Ludington Daily News.