- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque isn’t giving up on its plans to erect an ice rink at Civic Plaza.

Crews began assembling a synthetic ice rink at the downtown spot on Wednesday. If a final shipment of materials arrives in time, they said residents could be skating on the new rink as soon as Friday afternoon.

Mayoral spokeswoman Rhiannon Schroeder tells the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/1vckfGK) that the rink is on loan from the New Mexico BioPark Society. It’s designed for children, but adults will be welcome.

If there’s enough interest, the city can expand the rink and consider purchasing it from the BioPark Society.

An earlier plan to have a small rink up by Christmas fell through. That rink was to come from Isleta Pueblo.

There will be no charge to skate on the new rink, just to rent skates.

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