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DRC's Downtown ice rink

The Downtown Racine Corp.'s ice rink is shown Jan. 20. DRC Executive Director Kelly Kruse says the organization is seeking monetary donations, ice skate donations and volunteers to keep the rink running successfully.

RACINE — With preparations underway for the Downtown Racine ice rink to open to the public — weather depending — the Downtown Racine Corp. is seeking volunteers and donations to keep the rink operational and successful.

The rink was well-used during its inaugural season last year, according to Kelly Kruse, DRC executive director. She reported that during last year’s season there were 614 ice skate rentals in total. That number does not account for all those who brought their own skates to the rink.

To keep the rink’s success going, DRC is accepting new or slightly used ice skates. Women’s skates are the most needed. Skate donations may be dropped off at the DRC office, 425 Main St.

Volunteers also are needed to work at the rink’s warming and skate rental station Friday through Sunday. Volunteers are invited to sign up for as many four-hour shifts as they like.

Monetary donations also are being accepted to go toward providing free skate rentals every Friday through Sunday, as well as maintaining the ice rink seven days a week. Business sponsorships, which include banner recognition on the ice rink, are also available, and start at $250.

To sign up to volunteer, go to www.racinedowntown.com/volunteer. To make monetary donations, go to facebook.com/racinedowntown. For more information, contact Kruse at kkruse@racinedowntown.com.

To learn more about the rink, including when it will open, free skate rental hours and rink events scheduled throughout the winter, go to www.racinedowntown.com.

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