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Flint — An ice skating rink in downtown Flint that’s been closed for more than two decades is set to reopen next month thanks to a partnership between two local universities and a foundation.

The Flint Journal reports that the rink will reopen to the public Jan. 2 with a grand opening event. After that, the rink will be open to the public for free on Wednesday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoons through March.

The partnership between the University of Michigan-Flint, Kettering University and the Hagerman Foundation came after Kettering learned it could no longer create a public ice rink at Atwood Stadium.

The rink first opened in 1985 as part of the Water Street Pavilion. It closed prior to the University of Michigan-Flint’s purchase of the property in 1990.

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