Creating an outdoor rink to be enjoyed in the winter months will do a lot to bring people downtown to "do something" beyond just shopping. There have been many outdoor rinks created in Manhattan in the last few years (Bryant, Rockefeller Center, South Street, two rinks in Central Park, Battery Park, Prospect Park) that attract young and old, who skate for an hour or two and then stay to shop, drink hot chocolate, and eat. Unlike an arena that gets booked up with hockey and figure skating, an outdoor rink is purely recreational and is a tourist attraction. The only competition for an outdoor rink is the temporary rink put up at Kensico Dam which was very small.

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