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Courthouse Square Rink Skate-Ready

Synthetic surface accommodates 100 at a time.

Even if the ground never freezes over in Redwood City this holiday season, residents will be able to lace up and glide in the open air, thanks to a skating rink on Courthouse Square that opened at 2 p.m. Friday.

"Holiday Skating on the Square" employs technology similar to what is used on cruise ships, at malls and in some ice skating shows. In place of actual ice, the skating rink uses a synthetic that performs like regular ice. According to the city, the synthetic is more environmentally friendly than traditional ice because the plastic polymer it employs requires no machinery or power to keep it in skateable condition.

Up to 100 people can skate on the 60-by-67-foot rink at one time.

The rink will be open until Jan. 16, 2012. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting the city's events page or at the kiosk on Courthouse Square just prior to skating. Prices vary between $10 and $12 depending on the day and time. The cost includes approximately 90 minutes of skating and includes a skate rental.

-- Bay City News Service

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