- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - Norwich officials have chosen a private management firm for the city’s ice rink and hope to have the facility re-opened in October.

The rink closed Sunday after a rental agreement for a temporary ice chiller expired. It was closed for five months last year after the regular refrigeration system failed.

The Norwich Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/1lIAdIJ ) Bridgeport-based Wonderland of Ice Associates has promised it can get everything up and working again by October 1.

City Council on June 16 voted to lease the rink to Wonderland, after rejecting a plan in May that would have had the city borrow $680,000 to buy a new refrigeration system.

Wonderland officials say they plan to expand the rink’s offerings to include curling, yoga classes and more public ice time.

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Information from: Norwich Bulletin, http://www.norwichbulletin.com

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