Photo by Kevin H.
As part of an occasional series, GM stops to ask “Why Not?” Today he asks: Why not set up an ice rink at the waterfront?
The idea came to GM over the holiday as he was skating in an open air ice rink along Long Island Sound on Christmas Day. It was such a beautiful scene and even on a day like that, it drew a crowd.
In DC it is not as simple as throwing down a tarp and flooding it (as can be done up north). It can take a lot of technology. So maybe (rather, probably) GM is dreaming here. But who doesn’t think it would be an amazing scene to see people gathered by the Potomac skating? Take a trip to any of the other outdoor ice rinks in the area (e.g. the National Gallery of Art rink, Pentagon Row, Silver Spring). They’re packed this time of year. Think of how many people would come down to the waterfront to skate. Popular and wholesome all at once!
Pipe dream, yes. But maybe there’s someone out there with enough clout or money to get this done. (Although, if someone has money and wants to improve the waterfront, they should probably donate first to the waterfront project to make sure it is finished.)
Alternate idea: dam up a section of the canal and flood it just enough. It’d be cheaper, but we’d have to wait for it to get colder. It works for the Dutch (eventually, at least)!