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Crews installing ice rink at Triangle Park

Downtown Lexington is getting a new attraction, just in time for the holidays.

Crews are now working to install an ice rink at Triangle Park.

A 200-ton chiller will keep fluid cool, which will run through an underground conduit to the rink.

The rink is 5,500 square feet, and will have an adjacent area for skate rental.

Skating will cost around $10, and the money made will go back into park maintenance and other activities.

Organizers say it's part of an ongoing effort to keep activities in Triangle Park year round.

"In years past, come October, they turn the fountains off and this place went dark," Steve Grossman of the Triangle Foundation said. "So our real focus was to create some activity year round. This is for the winter, and we're working on a concert series and film festival for the summertime."

The ice rink will be in place until February 1, and if it's successful, it could become a permanent fixture in downtown Lexington during the winter.

The company putting together the Triangle Park ice rink is the same company that works on the Rockefeller Center ice rink in New York City.

The Triangle Park ice rink is scheduled to be open in time for Lexington's tree lighting festival, which is the day after Thanksgiving.

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