Contract considered for outdoor ice rinks

  • Emily Tarby, 15, and her shadow practice spins on the ice at the skating rink on the Midway Plaisance in Hyde Park. Mild temperatures and sun made this a snowless Christmas day.
Emily Tarby, 15, and her shadow practice spins on the ice at the skating rink… (Chuck Berman/ Chicago Tribune )
September 10, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

The summer heat still lingers as the Chicago Park District puts its attention to winter ice rinks.

The board of commissioners on Wednesday is expected to consider awarding a $198,000 two-year contract to Rink Management Services Corporation for the management and operation of the park district's six outdoor ice rinks.

The company, based in Mechanicsville, Va., proposed providing up to 300 pairs of ice skates at no cost to accommodate more skaters at the rinks, selling ads on hockey boards and including broomball and sled hockey among its activities, according to park district documents.

The six outdoor ice rinks owned by the park district and expected to open in November are:

>> McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd.

>> Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North

>> Mt. Greenwood Park, 3724 W. 111th St.

>> Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave.

>> Rowan Park, 11546 S. Avenue L

>> Warren Park, 6601 N. Western Ave.

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