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September 24, 2013

Mixed use, no billboards for Colston Park in Jeffersonville

Also: Parks authority talks costs on ice rink for downtown

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JEFFERSONVILLE — ICE SKATING RINK

While it is still months away, the initial discussions were held about bringing an ice skating rink back to downtown Jeffersonville

The rink, which has been placed near the corner of Market and Spring streets for the last two years is planned to be located in the same spot this winter.

Parks Department Director Paul Northam said requests will be submitted to split the costs between the city council — which is comprised of the same members as the parks authority board — the redevelopment commission and the Urban Enterprise Zone, at a cost of $25,000 per entity. Combined with the rink admissions, the expectation is that the parks department would generate about $50,000 and be close to breaking even on the costs of the ice rink, Northam said.

He added the department is still planning to pursue sponsorships to help defer some of the costs.

A financial report released in March showed the ice skating rink cost the city more than $75,000 last winter. The previous year, the rink cost Jeffersonville more than $77,000.

But Samuel said that he would like to keep the rink going, at least for one more season.

“This would be the first year where we have additional foot traffic,” he said, referring to the anticipated opening of the Big Four Bridge in November. “I would hate for to shut it off before we even see [its impact]. I would be supportive of us doing it for at least another year.”

The rink is expected to open the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29, and remain open into January.

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