Beginning in January ice skaters will be able to lace up their skates and skate on outdoor rinks around the valley, including a new ice rink right on the Town Square. Jackson town council members voted Monday to approve a proposal by the Grand Teton Skating Academy to build an ice pond on Town Square that will be open to the public by the middle of January through sometime in March. Organizers hope that the skating rink, which will also offer skate rentals, hot cocoa and live music, will bring new life to Jackson’s downtown and more foot traffic to area businesses during the quieter winter months. Meanwhile, the Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has announced the opening of outdoor ice rinks at Owen-Bircher Park in Wilson and at the Rodeo Grounds arena in Jackson for the season. The Rodeo Grounds rink is open from 11:00 am until 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 11:00 am – 9:00 pm Friday through Sunday. The Wilson ice rink is generally open from 11:00 am – 8:30 pm.