Downtown Jacksonville could have an ice rink for the holidays

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Downtown Vision Inc. still has a lot of logistics to work out, but if all goes according to plan, it will be open to the public from November 27 to January 8.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Downtown Jacksonville may be celebrating the next holiday season in a new way, as a local nonprofit tries to bring an outdoor rink by the river.

In April, Vision Center-Ville Inc. brought the Jax River Jams concert series to Riverfront Plaza, which is the name of the site where the Jacksonville Landing was located.

“I think we’ve just scratched the surface of the coolness of this place on the river,” said Jake Gordon, CEO of Downtown Vision Inc ..

Gordon is now hoping that a temporary 40-by-100-foot outdoor rink will be the next Riverfront Plaza attraction.

There is still a lot of logistics to work out, but if all goes according to plan, it would be open to the public from November 27 to January 8. The square would also be decorated as part of the holiday season.

“We want to give people a reason to come downtown,” said Gordon. “So for someone like me with young kids who want to ice skate, that’s kind of a reason to come downtown. And oh, so you get hot chocolate, you get hot chocolate. food from food trucks or restaurants. “

The project of Ice rink events will cost around $ 800,000, he said.

The Downtown Investment Authority recently pledged $ 100,000. Other costs should be covered by sponsorships and admission fees.

An initial cost estimate for skaters is $ 18 for 90 minutes. In addition, there will be a skate rental station.

Gordon estimates that the rink will bring in around $ 300,000, which means that just over half will need to be raised with the support of private and public partnerships.

“We still have a lot of work to do to make sure everything can go and happen this winter,” he said.

If we don’t see ice in downtown Jacksonville in November, Gordon says he’s determined to get people skating by the 2022 holiday season.



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