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Our View: Council should rethink ice rink investment

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The Los Alamos County Council should be applauded for its decisive action Wednesday in the approval of eight capital improvement projects. With one notable exception, the council has committed your tax dollars to work on undertakings that should indeed yield some quality of life improvements.

The one project that should have been excluded is the ice rink. Expending $1.5 million to rehab that facility is a pig in a poke. The rink is in an atrocious location, too far removed from town. At best, it should become a place for training and practice.

If the county council truly wants to fund a public ice rink, then it should scrap the current plan and redirect those funds toward the development of a facility that’s more connected — something that could be more multi-purpose and serve as a focal point.

The council should look to a model that is similar in nature to the ice rink at New York’s Rockefeller Center. During the winter months, that facility serves its intended purpose and in the spring, summer and fall it becomes a place for outdoor dining, adjacent to shopping — it’s a gathering spot and an escape from the hustle and bustle.


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