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Winter Wonderland in Civic

By johnboy - 7 March 2011 22

The ABC has the exciting news that Canberra CBD is planning to run an ice rink in Garema Place this July:

Canberra CBD Limited, which represents property owners in the city, wants to set up an ice skating rink in Garema Place to attract shoppers back into the city centre.

CEO Linda Staite says the ice rink will run during the day and night and will enliven the city.

I truly can’t wait to see this.

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Winter Wonderland in Civic
KB1971 4:05 pm 07 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

How will an ice rink “attract shoppers”? Seriously. Either you’re heading out to skate, with your bag of skating stuff and dressed appropriately, or you’re heading out to shop, with your shopping bags and dressed appropriately. And with the horrible prices they charge for parking, I can’t see people heading to Civic for a nice long skate. I had one of my bi-annual expeditions to Civic recently to visit a shop that is only in Civic, and remembered why I rarely go there these days.

Crowded roads, nasty high rise parking stations, you’re still a long way from the good bit of Civic, walkwalkwalkwalk, and then back to the high rise parking station, gasp in amazement at what the machine wants you to put in it to get your car out, and then off you go. I am impressed by those who put themselves through that every day.

I fear it will be a Winter Wasteland in Civic.

Is everything in your life that hard?

p1 3:53 pm 07 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

Now there’s a better idea. In the northern hemisphere, some ski resort areas have outdoor ice rinks, usually on ponds or even lakes. Very scenic….

I vote we chill LBG down till it freezes. There could be many benefits. Free up traffic congestion on the bridges and Parks Way by driving along/across it. Kill some of the carp with the temp. The Captain Cook fountain will generate a nice covering of artificial snow on the slopes of Regatta Point.

Of course it will take a lot of power to do this, so I am going to have to suggest that a Nuclear Power Station is built in Hume.

Buzz2600 3:52 pm 07 Mar 11

Ahh, nice. It’ll be like a little slice of New York city Rockefeller/Washington Smithsonian/Pentagon City ice skating rink in Canberra.

EvanJames 3:27 pm 07 Mar 11

triffid said :

Where are they gonna keep the Zamboni?

Now there’s a better idea. In the northern hemisphere, some ski resort areas have outdoor ice rinks, usually on ponds or even lakes. Very scenic. And in spring, everyone makes sure they’re watching when the Zamboni does its thing (usually before the evening skating starts up). Because at some point, that Zamboni is going to go through the ice and everyone wants to be there when it does!

I can’t think of a pond that is big enough to do this with though, you’d need a fridge unit here in Canberra, so the Lake’s out. Pond in the middle of the Parkes Way/Cooyong St roundabout maybe?

Diggety 3:19 pm 07 Mar 11

Holden Caulfield said :

EvanJames said :

I hereby award EJ the best whingey post everrrrrr on RA.

+1

triffid 3:07 pm 07 Mar 11

I simpy can’t wait to see this. Will it be an Olympic size 60metre X 30 metre, or just a tank? Where is the fridgey unit wot keeps the ice fruzzed going to go? Fridgey unit couldn’t possibly make that much noise operating could it? Will the ice be outdoors but under cover? What happens if it rains? Where are they gonna keep the Zamboni? Where will all the Zamboni’s shavings go? If it’s gonna be a 60 x 30, can we have it marked out for short track too?

(Anybody guessed yet that I may have hung out at one or two rinks in my time?)

Holden Caulfield 3:07 pm 07 Mar 11

EvanJames said :

How will an ice rink “attract shoppers”? Seriously. Either you’re heading out to skate, with your bag of skating stuff and dressed appropriately, or you’re heading out to shop, with your shopping bags and dressed appropriately. And with the horrible prices they charge for parking, I can’t see people heading to Civic for a nice long skate. I had one of my bi-annual expeditions to Civic recently to visit a shop that is only in Civic, and remembered why I rarely go there these days.

Crowded roads, nasty high rise parking stations, you’re still a long way from the good bit of Civic, walkwalkwalkwalk, and then back to the high rise parking station, gasp in amazement at what the machine wants you to put in it to get your car out, and then off you go. I am impressed by those who put themselves through that every day.

I fear it will be a Winter Wasteland in Civic.

Bah humbug. And complaining that civic is too big to walk around has to be one of the better examples of small city syndrome I think I have ever read. The shopping part of civic is just not that big. Really, it isn’t!

I know what you mean about parking though. I parked in the city one Friday night, for almost 4 hours and it cost me five whole dollars; four measly hours. Outrageous!!! I only wish Evan had warned me sooner, haha.

I hereby award EJ the best whingey post everrrrrr on RA.

Diggety 3:02 pm 07 Mar 11

Great idea I would support for sure.

And it’s not Government funded? Even better.

dtc 2:47 pm 07 Mar 11

trevar said :

and it’s terribly extravagant given that they’ve slashed $4 million from the education budget, but let’s face it, they’re going to blow that money on something worthless anyway and the kids are going to miss out regardless of any commonsense, so why not an outdoor ice rink?

Well, its not the govt funding the ice rink. I wonder what education as supplied by Canberra CBD Ltd would cover? Why last years wardrobe needs replacing and you need a new TV.

I hope its better than the winter wonderland tent that toured a few years ago (and went bust) – basically side show alley with a tiny skating rink, too small for just about anything and, when you were finished, it was just cold with expensive sideshow games.

p1 2:43 pm 07 Mar 11

Chop71 said :

Put some snow on the hill and let us board/ski on it.
I can’t skate but I sure can ride a board πŸ™‚

+9000

It would be nice to get some use out of that building.

trevar 2:06 pm 07 Mar 11

Shut up, Evan! If you apply logic to their reasoning, we might not get the ice rink! πŸ˜‰

I think it’s a cool idea (pun intended)… an awful waste of money and of course it will fail to do what they want it to do, and it’s terribly extravagant given that they’ve slashed $4 million from the education budget, but let’s face it, they’re going to blow that money on something worthless anyway and the kids are going to miss out regardless of any commonsense, so why not an outdoor ice rink?

Chop71 2:05 pm 07 Mar 11

Put some snow on the hill and let us board/ski on it.
I can’t skate but I sure can ride a board πŸ™‚

EvanJames 1:54 pm 07 Mar 11

How will an ice rink “attract shoppers”? Seriously. Either you’re heading out to skate, with your bag of skating stuff and dressed appropriately, or you’re heading out to shop, with your shopping bags and dressed appropriately. And with the horrible prices they charge for parking, I can’t see people heading to Civic for a nice long skate. I had one of my bi-annual expeditions to Civic recently to visit a shop that is only in Civic, and remembered why I rarely go there these days.

Crowded roads, nasty high rise parking stations, you’re still a long way from the good bit of Civic, walkwalkwalkwalk, and then back to the high rise parking station, gasp in amazement at what the machine wants you to put in it to get your car out, and then off you go. I am impressed by those who put themselves through that every day.

I fear it will be a Winter Wasteland in Civic.

Hank 1:42 pm 07 Mar 11

I LOVE this idea! I do hope everyone supports this imitative and its open at night!

KaptnKaos 1:25 pm 07 Mar 11

It would be great for civic but I fear the fun police will be out in force on this one, people might use it and enjoy it, or someone might get cold, or the classic Canberra excuse to stop everything – it will be too noisy, or young people might use it.

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