People enjoying the ice skating at Bryant Park in Manhattan where admission is free for people who bring skates. In the Bronx admission for a temporary rink to be installed on a handball court In Van Cortlandt Park near Broadway and West 242nd Street will be $5 dollars. Daniel Biederman, head of the Bryant Park Restoration Corp is behind both rinks.
During his State of the City Address on January 19th last year, Mayor Bloomberg promised the 1.4 million Bronx residents - the only borough that does not have a public ice skating rink - they would have one this year but that has not materialized. In an effort to deflect criticism from Bloomberg's upcoming address the administration is planning to erect a small temporary rink for 29 days. Despite repeated assurances from the Parks Department that the rink issue would come before the board, Bronx community Board 8 were recently informed that was not going to happen.
On Tuesday, CB 8 overwhelmingly passed a resolution deploring the parks department for circumnavigating the public-review process by introducing a smaller, temporary rink that only needs a permit to operate.
- Geoffrey Croft
Transparency in the Bloomberg administration is once again being called into question over the Van Cortlandt Park ice skating rink issue. This time controversy has arisen over a plan to build a temporary rink in time for Bloomberg's next State of City Address. Last year from Staten Island, Bloomberg announced the city's intention of allowing the building a seasonal rink in the park. However the administration did not see fit to inform the community. They finally presented the plan to Bronx Community Board 8’s Parks & Recreation Committee on Feb. 23, more than a month after Bloomberg's announcement.
Bronx is only borough without public ice rink
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