Ice rinks remain closed; record high temps possible

Rosa Parks Circle was closed to ice-skaters Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— Visitors to downtown Grand Rapids and Portage should leave the ice skates behind for now.

Rosa Parks Circle announced on Facebook Friday that its ice rink would be closed through Sunday due to weather.

After re-evaluating the conditions Monday, city officials announced the ice rink would remain closed through Wednesday, and they would reassess the conditions Thursday.

Storm Team 8 says much colder air is arriving on Thursday, so it’s promising ice-skating activities will be able to resume by at least Friday.

Admission is $1 for people ages 17 and under and $2 for adults. Skate rental is free with paid admission. Skating hours vary and can be found on the city’s website.

The city of Portage also shut down its ice rink at Millennium Park through Sunday.  Portage officials expect to reopen the rink to ice-skaters at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, weather permitting.

Grand Rapids hit 61 degrees Sunday, beating the previous Dec. 13 record of 57 degrees, according to Storm Team 8. That record was set in 1920.

>>More: Storm Team 8 Forecast

The lighting of the tree during the Grand Rapids Holiday Celebration on Dec. 3, 2015.
The lighting of the tree during the Grand Rapids Holiday Celebration on Dec. 3, 2015.

Grand Rapids opened Rosa Parks Circle for ice-skating during its holiday celebration and tree lighting on Dec. 3.

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