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City council approves closure of Showtime Skating

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: City council approves closure of Showtime Skating
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Teens in Watertown will soon lose their beloved skating rink. The City Council voted to approve a special use permit to convert the space into storage units Monday night.

Showtime Skating was opened several years ago by a soldier who wanted it to be a place for kids to hang out.

A public hearing was held before city council voted on the permit, but after no one took to the microphone, council members unanimously approved the change.

"It’s hard to say there was controversy when no one spoke at the public hearing. I mean, we respond to stimuli in that matter. Really, what it came down to for me, the property owner, the plaza owner if you will, has a right to make use of the property in the best way they see fit," said Watertown Mayor Jeff Graham.

"I’m disappointed they ruled for it to go ahead, yes, as far as how long we got up there, I don’t know. The kids have been there four years, five years that it’s been a place for the kids to go and they’ve all had fun," said Showtime Skating manager Ron Brown.

The rink will be the second family fun facility to close in Watertown during the past year.

There is no timeline yet on when operations will officially shut down.

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