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Pop-up surprise planned for winter at Homewood

Johns Hopkins University announces plans to open a campus ice rink for six weeks in January and February, transforming the tennis courts into a 6,000-square-foot skating surface that will be free to all comers

A winter surprise is coming to the university's Homewood campus next month—a pop-up ice rink for Johns Hopkins University students and employees, with special weekend hours for neighbors.

The rink will take shape at the campus tennis courts, which will be transformed into a 6,000-square-foot skating surface in time for the grand opening on Jan. 14. The rink and rental skates will be free for all participants.

"We are thrilled to bring this experience to Homewood this winter," said Kevin Shollenberger, vice provost for student health and well-being and interim vice provost for student affairs. "The ice rink will give our community the chance to create memories and share together in a fun, festive activity."

The Johns Hopkins Ice Rink will be created, maintained, and staffed by Ice America, which specializes in the design and installation of temporary ice rink attractions.

The rink will be open from Jan. 14 through Feb. 27; advance reservations for 90-minute sessions will be required and can be made through a forthcoming online registration system. There will also be free hot chocolate and other concessions.

More information on the Johns Hopkins Ice Rink project will be shared in the weeks ahead.