Wednesday, December 16, 2009

No Money to Staff Bronx Ice Rink, Even For a Month: Parks Department


CITY OFFICIALS are on thin ice with Cary Goodman.

The executive director of the 161st Street Business Improvement District wants to know why the Bronx is the only borough that doesn't have a public ice-skating rink, according to the Daily News.

"At some point, you have to have some recognition of the fact that the Bronx is getting the short end of the stick here," said Goodman, 58. "It's just a little galling."

Goodman said city officials are even more culpable in his eyes because the 161st Street BID is willing to pony up the dough to partner with the city Parks Department on a rink for this winter season.

Goodman, whose job it is to come up with ways to improve conditions in the BID, says property owners are willing to put up $7,500 to bring in a company to install a temporary rink in Lou Gehrig Plaza in front of Bronx Borough Hall.

"A rink there would be an introductory rink," said Goodman. "It's certainly a big enough area for a few twirls and leaps - enough to set off the imagination of the young people in the Bronx."

But the Parks Department, which would have to staff the rink for the season, is nixing the idea.

In talks with Bronx Parks Commissioner Hector Aponte, Goodman said he was told there was no agency money to staff such a rink - even for a month.

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NY Daily News - December 15, 2009 - By Mike Jaccarino 

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