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Inner Harbor ice rink opens today in new location with water view

A larger version of Baltimore's beloved Inner Harbor ice rink opens today in the Amphitheatre.

The new rink, http://innerharboricerink.org, is 6,000 square feet, or 20 percent larger than the previous skating park at McKeldin Square, and will have stunning views of the Inner Harbor. It will be located at the top of the amphitheatre at 201 E. Pratt St.

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will open the new rink Friday afternoon, according to a news release issued by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

A spokesman for the Partnership explained that the area atop the amphitheatre became available after Harborplace decided to move Santa's House indoors this year, to the Light Street Pavilion.

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In addition, the Partnership was looking for a new location for the rink that was more closely connected to the water and that was large enough to accommodate the visitors who thronged to the popular attraction.

"After seeing such a strong response from Baltimoreans to having an ice rink back at the Inner Harbor after a 10-year absence, we worked hard ... to not only bring back, but also expand the rink this year," Waterfront Partnership president Laurie Schwartz said in a news release.

"In 2014, we welcomed over 20,000 people and saw marriage proposals, appearances from Santa and Navy midshipmen, Special Olympics activities and lots more. We look forward to welcoming even more visitors to the Waterfront this year."

The rink is being renamed the Pandora Ice Rink for the Danish jeweler that recently moved its headquarters to Baltimore and is sponsoring the rink for the season.

The ice rink will be open through Jan. 18. Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for children age 10 and younger, seniors age 55 and older, and members of the military. Skates are $4. A $175 season pass includes skate rental.

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