Skating on solid ice

    A Philadelphia City Council Committee has approved a partnership to keep city ice-skating rinks open.

    Some of the rinks will be privatized.

    The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is putting up $1 million initially for maintenance and capital improvements to the rinks as part of a $12 million upgrade to the five city facilities. Recreation Commissioner Susan Slawson said the 20-year deal includes privatizing some of the facilities.

    “At the Scanlon, Sims and Simons rinks, the foundation will supply full-time staff and equipment while, at the other two rinks, the department will provide the staff and equipment needs,” said Slawson. “The foundation-provided programs will help to expand current offerings.”

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    The skating facilities were targeted to close because they had fallen into disrepair. The deal requires the operators to offer some free open skate time to the public.

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