Columbia City Council will decide Tuesday whether to pay a Florida company to set up a temporary, outdoor skating rink in the city center.
Skaters would pay a fee to use the 50-foot-by-70-foot rink, which would operate from early November through Jan. 9 under a rental agreement with the city. The site is likely to be in the plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art, assistant city manager Allison Baker said Monday. Boyd Plaza, as it is called, is owned by the city.
A privately owned site along Main Street also is under consideration, Baker said, declining to identify the location until an agreement becomes final.
The city hopes the rink will make money for the city, after the city pays the $158,500 rental fee to Magic Ice USA, Baker said. Magic Ice set up the outdoor rink in Greenville that opened last year.
City manager Steve Gantt said the plan will require corporate sponsorship, and Magic Ice will be responsible for upkeep, maintenance and it must have insurance.
Council is to take up the plan during its 6 p.m. meeting at Eau Claire print building at 3907 Ensor Ave. at Monticello Road.