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Lighting Ceremony And Ribbon Cutting At Cuddy Park Skating Oval

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Friday December 21 2012, 6pm – Anchorage Skates and the Anchorage Park Foundation are hosting a ribbon cutting this Friday, turning on the new LED lights at the Cuddy Family Midtown Park Skating and Fitness OvalHeld on the darkest day of the year, this ceremony will be especially symbolic for Alaskans as we begin to gain daylight again.

Funding for the new lights came from a 2012 Anchorage municipal bond, as well as a federal earmark from the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. His grandkids will be cutting the ribbon.

The skating oval at Cuddy Park is open year round and is used and loved by all. From roller derby teams in the summer to skaters in the winter, the oval is a community asset that rink lighting will only enhance. The three lane-400 meter oval is one of only six Olympic-sized speedskating ovals in the United States.

The public is invited to celebrate this exciting event, and to bring ice skates.  The ceremony will feature music, fire barrels, and hot chocolate.

Access the oval by going either west on 40th Avenue from A Street or east on 40th Avenue from C Street. Both routes end at cul de sac parking areas. Cuddy Family Midtown Park features pond skating on its east side and the skate oval on its west side.

Other event partners include the MOA Parks & Recreation Department, AMH, Frigid North Company, Get Outdoors Anchorage, Alaska Communications, Alaska Community Foundation, HDR, Calais Company, Foss Family Foundation, DOWL HKM, and the Alaska Speedskating Club.

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