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A rendering of an ice rink in McKeldin Park the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore wants to operate.

Inner Harbor ice rink agreement approved

It’s nearly the Fourth of July, so Baltimore residents are thinking about one thing — ice skating.

The Board of Estimates approved a licensing agreement with Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to put an ice skating rink at McKeldin Square in the Inner Harbor.

“We’ve wanted to bring an outdoor ice rink back to the Harbor for years. Waterfront Partnership began seriously exploring the idea of an ice skating rink during last year’s It’s a Waterfront Life campaign and have put a lot of work into it since then, even traveling to different cities to learn what works well from others,” Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership, said in a news release. “I think an ice skating rink at McKeldin Square will be a big draw for local families as well as visitors, and will add a lot to the Inner Harbor during the holiday season.”

Rink Management Services Inc. has been selected to run the rink, and the partnership is currently searching for sponsors to fund the project. The partnership will be responsible for the maintenance, management and utilities associated with running the ice rink.

The agreement calls on the partnership to pay the city $1 a year for 10 years to use the space at 101 East Pratt Street.