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DALLAS It's installation day for the new ice rink at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas.

Come Friday (when all this real ice is gone), synthetic ice will take its place.

'The synthetic ice is better for us, because while it may be cold today, we will have 60, 70-degree days, and real ice will melt,' explained park executive Celia Barshop.

Having studied other parks and rinks, the folks at Klyde Warren say every decision was thought out and researched, starting with the rink's base.

'There is a thing called Terraplas, it's a plastic floor with a honeycomb bottom, because we we are concerned about the turf and trying to keep it alive,' Barshop said.

That protective layer will also help level things off before workers top it off with the synthetic ice. Then finally, a waist-high wall will go up around the rink.

There's free admission for skaters, but there will be a rental fee for skates: $5 Monday through Thursday and $10 on weekends.

But every Tuesday will be community skate day, where everything is free.

'We think its going to enhance the winter attendance and the winter attraction of Klyde Warren Park,' Barshop said.

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