Milwaukee Public Market opens 'smallest' ice rink

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Milwaukee Public Market opened the new Dinky Rink on Friday, Jan. 21. The market is calling it "the area's smallest public ice rink."

"This time of year shouldn't be thought of as a reason to hibernate and avoid the cold," Paul Schwartz, the executive director of the Milwaukee Public Market and Business Improvement District #2, said.

The 770-foot rink was developed in response to an increased interest in outdoor activities during the winter months. The area around the rink features covered seating, outdoor heaters and access to food and drinks from the market's vendors. 

"Developing fun and unique amenities during the winter months only adds to the experience at the market and the greater Historic Third Ward neighborhood," Schwartz said. "The Dinky Rink is a perfect example of that."

Located outside on the north side of the building, the inaugural skate lap was completed by Milwaukee Admirals' mascot, Roscoe.

The rink will be open during general market hours to people ages three years and older. Reservations will be taken online for 90-minute skating sessions. Attendees will be required to bring their own skates to the Dinky Rink, which will continue to stay open as long as weather permits.

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