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Planning commission approves Strawbery Banke Museum ice rink


PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire — A plan to build an outdoor skating rink at New Hampshire's Strawbery Banke Museum is a step closer to reality.

The Portsmouth Planning Board approved the proposal on Thursday night.

The Portsmouth Herald reports ( the board attached several stipulations, including that Portsmouth's Historic District Commission approve museum-designed measures to address concerns about noise and lighting.

In January, the proposal was upheld by a judge after neighbors challenged the proposal, saying they were concerned about noise and light pollution.

The project calls for building a pond-like structure that would be open for three months in the winter. The rink would offer skating lessons, family and community skate times and pick-up hockey games.

Information from: Portsmouth Herald,

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