More than 5,000 skaters have laced up their blades in the highly anticipated McCarren Park Ice Skating Rink since it opened nine days ago, it remains unclear how how long it will stay open. Instead of running the facility themselves the city is relying on a so called "public/private partner." (Photo: Debbie Egan -Chin/New York Daily News )
More than 5,000 skaters have taken a glide at the shiny new McCarren Park ice skating rink, but its chances of staying open much beyond the holidays remain on thin ice, according to the New York Daily News.
The highly anticipated, 60-foot-wide rink in the middle of the newly renovated pool opened nine days ago.
“It’s been great,” said Ed Janoff, executive director of Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, which runs the rink in the Greenpoint park.
But, he added, it’s still too early to decide whether there will be enough traffic to keep the rink open past early January.
Last year, the Alliance beat out one other unnamed group that pursued the contract to run the rink, according to the city Parks Department.
Under a 12-year deal, the Alliance will pay the city $1,000 the first year, $2,000 the second year and $3,000 the third year. The payments increase to $17,000 in the 12th year or 10% of gross receipts, if that sum is greater.
(Photo: Debbie Egan -Chin/New York Daily News )