Waterfront Park Ice Rink on Hold for Another Year

by Gabe Bullard on November 16, 2011

Plans for an ice skating rink in Louisville’s Waterfront Park have been scrapped for another year.

In February, the Waterfront Development Corporation announced plans for the rink, which was slated to open this winter. The $75,000 needed to finance the project was to come from an outside sponsorship, but the deal fell through.

“They chose to not participate this year because it was kind of a last-minute deal. But they’ve shown strong interest in it next year. We had to pass on it because we did not have it in our budget,” says WDC Director of Facilities Gary Pepper, who adds that the rink could be built next year.

“You know I pushed for it for three years and every time I push, I get a little bit closer. There’s a lot of interest in it,” he says. “Everybody thinks it’s a great idea. We’ve got a killer location for it. But with the economy the way it is, we’re working on a tight margin, a tight budget right now. We just don’t have the money.”

A new outdoor ice skating rink will open later this month in Lexington.

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