Outdoor ice rink in downtown Louisville planned for next winter

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by Mike Colombo

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 1 at 12:09 PM

   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza has long been a holiday staple and it appears Louisville may soon have a similar facility built in our own downtown. The park is where the city has plans to put in an ice skating rink and one city employee thinks the chances are good it happens.
   “We're really excited about trying to bring down some activity to the park in the winter months when it's generally slow or dead," said Gary Pepper, director of facilities for the Waterfront Development Corp.
   The first year would be a trial to see how citizens respond. Pepper says the city would pay an outside operator $50,000 to rent and run the temporary rink. The operator will also keep a decent share of the profit. He estimates overall costs the first year to be roughly $130,000.
   "We really feel strongly this first year, even though it's a test year, will be coming back in the future, but we still have to raise the money first," added Pepper. Pepper says a board member is raising money for the initial costs and if people respond it will be an annual event.
   We found there is plenty of local interest. "I think it would be pretty fun actually. We have already went ice skating this year and it was pretty fun," said Louisville resident Amber Wingler.
“I think it would be interesting. It's something we don't have and something that hasn't been here before," added Louisville resident Heather Crabtree.

 

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