The unaware will do a double take Thursday when they pass the Civic Arts Plaza.
Beginning Thanksgiving Day, the city will unveil its Winter Wonderland on Ice--a 40-by-60-foot open-air ice rink built on a 5-acre parcel next to the civic center.
The ice rink will be operated by the plaza's fund-raising arm, the Alliance for the Arts. The organization hopes to recoup the $250,00 needed to set up and operate the rink and raise $100,000 to benefit year-round theater programs at the Civic Arts Plaza.
Mardy Medders, director of development and special events for the alliance, said the project is designed to bring residents together, giving them something special for the holidays. The rink will be open until Jan. 3.