Ice Castles attraction is on its way back to Stillwater this winter

The popular attraction had to be moved to Excelsior last year.
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The Ice Castles winter attraction is set to return to Stillwater for winter 2019/20 after spending last year in Excelsior.

The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday evening approved an application from Ice Castles Inc. to hold the event at its regular spot in the north end of Lowell Park, near the east end of Myrtle Street.

The event was held for two years running in Stillwater, in winters 2016/17 and 2017/18, but had to shift to Excelsior last year due to construction on the nearby Stillwater Lift Bridge.

The company wants use of Lowell Park from the end of October to the end of March, with a report prepared for the city council noting that the event was attended by almost 100,000 people in 2017/18.

The Pioneer Press reports that the council agreed unanimously to approve the attraction's return for this winter, though notes that it imposed some caveats, including ensuring the final ice sculpture design is signed off by city engineers so it doesn't damage Lowell Park.

The organization also takes responsibility for demolishing the structure and cleaning up the park at the end of the season.

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