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Ice rink returns to downtown Tampa Nov. 21


TAMPA — Tampa’s downtown ice rink will return Nov. 21.

City officials approved the building permit for the rink this week. Construction will start the first week of November, said Kitty Lyons, executive director of Friends of Tampa Recreation, which sponsors the rink along with the city.

This is the fourth year for the skating rink, which brings a tiny, climate-controlled taste of winter to Tampa’s balmy streets.

Last year, 22,000 people paid $10 each for their time on the ice.

Lyons said income from Tampa’s Downtown on Ice helps fund scholarships to send children to summer camps run by the city’s parks department.

The rink will be open in the evenings most days.

When Hillsborough County schools are not in session -- over the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks -- the rink will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Lyons said.

The rink will be open through Jan. 5.

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