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Tell Us: Ice Skating Rink in Northport

Would you want an ice skating rink downtown?

Does Northport need an ice skating rink?

The idea has long been floated around the village and has found new life among some members of the newly-formed Northport Merchant's Association, a collection of small business owners who seek to foster retailer interests in the village.

Nina's Pizza Owner Artie Berke, one of the association's members, said that an ice skating rink would help bring business downtown during the quiet winter months and suggested Northport Village Park as a good location.

Would you support an ice skating rink in Northport? Where would you put it? What would it look like? Who would pay for it? Tell us your ideas in the comment section below.

Louise October 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM
If it's a temporary structure and placed in an area that doesn't interfere with joggers and general pedestrian traffic, it may be a good idea. This structure must not be built or maintained by taxpayer money. Those who use it should pay for it. And the village had better get a very good insurance policy to protect itself from lawsuits! A permanent structure would destroy green space that is much needed and appreciated in the harbor area year round.
John October 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
sure...our Village hasn't had enough time spent in lawsuits...lets put up an ice rink and watch the broken arms and head injuries pile lawsuits against the Village. By the way, who would maintain this ice rink? The same employees the Village has not had a contract with in almost 3 years? Wouldn't that be peachy? Hey guys, still no pay raises for you, but here's some extra work for ya.
John October 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM
It's a great idea. Keeps our kids physically active and is a great way for families to spend time together. I'm all for it.
Susan Salzmann October 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
OMG would love an ice scating rink in the park!...ummm who would foot the bill?-we sure don't need higher taxes!...and the insurance cost is just one of those minor details.(Big Deal!) Yet, the idea of it sounds appealing-just can't get my head around the cost, liability and policing of problems that may arise from a large crowd of people.
Rebecca V October 23, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I have lived in Northport my whole life and I'm starting to think the town should rename itself NOport between the ridiculous archies that feel the need to keep a town looking "historical" when all they are doing is making it hard for people to be creative in business tactics, or because or their own views on the what they think our town should be when all they are is a bunch of old men with nothing better to do with their time, our town is fill with a whole generation of young people who are Not represented or honored in any way. there is NOTHING for kids (teens) other than a play ground as for town workers I know many of them if they have a problem they need to work it out with their reps & the town just like every other village & town does but should just be thankful to have job in this economy and if ppl would stop worrying about suing & greed we would not have all this issues to begin with and worry about our committee and the future of its development for the younger generation.
JH October 23, 2012 at 02:15 PM
In response to Rebecca, I think it's more important that the town does keep much of it's historical feel. Without an appreciation for the past you can never truly move forward. These kids who you say aren't represented will one day hopefully become adults, who like many other Northporters have grown into individuals who appreciate the town they came from. Northport is one of the few towns on LI that still feels like home, whether you grew up here, or left and came back. Lets not change because everyone else is. Do you remember what Main St in Huntington used to look like only 20 years ago? We don't need an ice rink.
Artie October 23, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I think the Children in this village need somewhere to go and play. Many years ago they had a roller skating rink and a movie theater to go to on rainy and snowy days. What do they have now? We also need to drive business to the village in the winter where its desperately needed. In the summer we have all these events to promote business as well as the summer traffic with boaters. The merchants can not survive with summer traffic alone, they need to draw people into the village in the winter. What I would like to do is have fundraisers with the Merchant association to raise money for the ice skating rink. Just my thoughts.
mary October 23, 2012 at 05:50 PM
If artie wants to put in, let him. Just don,t let effect our taxes.
JH October 23, 2012 at 06:20 PM
It will end up effecting our taxes, because we are going to have to find funds for more parking lots too. Will there be a fundraiser for those as well? Just because it gets cold in the winter and the foot traffic slows down in the village doesn't mean we need to replace those feet with others. It also doesn't mean that the village dies in the winter either. If that was the case every town on LI would need an ice rink once winter arrived to stay afloat. I'm not sure if this ice rink idea is actually for "the children" or for the merchants.
Sharon A. October 23, 2012 at 07:06 PM
My husband works for the NYCTA and hasn't had a raise in over 4 years....be thankful we still have jobs !
Dorothy Hyde October 23, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I love the idea. It would be wonderful and I am already sharpening my skates. Dorothy Hyde
Rebecca V October 23, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I'm not saying change Northport into a big city, but to dictate every little thing is insane and we have museums to keep the past alive I have been here my whole life and love my town very much but we need to keep up with the times if we want to survive and prosper. I had a roller rink & a movie theater that my parents could AFFORD on a budget which most ppl are on these days. As a young mother of a teen which I had something that did't cost $60 for a night out or a membership to do. I think if we have a farmers market in the summer to increase an already busy time in our town why not increase foot traffic to restaurants & other local stores? It just seems like any new idea to certain ppl in Northport is an automatic NO and that is not right. Northport need to open their minds to new ideas so we can become a place for successful businesses.
Thunder Buddies October 23, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Thumbs up for the ice skating rink! Find a way and make it work. Maybe private funding? The Citi Pond in Bryant Park, NYC is a private rink. There's got to be a business out there that does this. As far as if it's for the merchants or the residents? Those are so often one-in-the-same. We need to support our local businesses because they support us! I'd gladly let my teen go downtown on a Friday night. Dix Hills rink or the Outlets - too far and too full of strangers. Grandparents with the little ones! Adult skate! Lessons?! Exhibitions! Hockey games! People watching. It sounds like such a blast. The rink could be subsidized and all fees paid back...the way the school district used to subsidize the community theater until it became self-sufficient. Do we remember that part of our history? Gather your info, and let's put it to a vote! So many people WANT THIS! Let's make it happen.
Rob October 24, 2012 at 02:23 AM
A skating Rink would do nothing for local businesses. Kids ( your main skating customers ) do not spend any viable amounts of money in retail stores. They will skate and leave. Not to mention the Liability this would pose on the already over taxed residents. Oh and the building would be an eye sore too. Next Idea please.
Old Fisherman October 24, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I agree with Louise. Where would you place such a building without destroying what little open space we have now in this village?
Just Sayin October 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM
It's a nice, but expensive idea. I would rather see a dog park in the area behind the gazebo.
Ashley Palko October 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM
@Old Fisherman You don't necessarily have to make it a building, which is why I mentioned the outlets at Deer Park and why @Thunder Buddies mentioned Bryant Park. A good landscape architect and/or planner could work out a way to create an all seasons outdoor space. It would mean less maintenance fees and it wouldn't be a one use area. Open space is a necessary asset to any town and should be preserved.
JH October 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM
@Ashley, I agree with you on the fact that open space should be preserved. But building an ice rink in Northport would take up a huge chunk of whatever open space is left in this town, correct? Not to mention the parking that would be needed to handle the influx of people. To me this will all equal a lack of open space. Just because you build something and surround it with a dozen trees does not make it an open outdoor space.
Louise October 24, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Artie, your heart is in the right place. Fundraisers to construct the skating rink is a good approach but what about the on-going maintenance and insurance? I don't want to pay for those as a taxpayer. How big will this rink be? And why does it need to be located in the last remaining green area in the harbor? Wouldn't more lighting be needed for night skating? The kernel of the idea is good; more work about details much needed.
Louise October 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
No building in the harbor for a skating rink. However, an all seasons outdoor space is a nice idea (not necessarily in the harbor area, by the way). Still, there are the insurance and maintenance issues.
John October 24, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Isn't the rink in Greenport a temporary structure...albeit a small one...that can be dismantled when not in use thus regaining the open space? Does anyone know?
Thunder Buddies October 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I do not believe the rink is meant to be a permanent space. I would be opposed to that as well. It is a winter season idea to attract people downtown. Kids not spending money in stores?! Harbor Trading, Einstein's Attic, Portofino, Rob's Deli, Kaspers, Honeybees, etc. attract kids. At least that's where my kids are spending their money. Parents/Grandparents can sit in or outside and eat dinner at one of Npt's fine establishments and have food and bev. Kids may be the largest group attending, but check out ice rinks - there are plenty of "older kids" making the rounds!
Rosie P October 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
It's a great idea, as long as it's temporary and doesn't change the park in any permanent way! I'm still waiting for the shrubbery to be replaced that hides the ugly parking lot in the park! When the shrubs were there, it made you feel as though you were in a beautiful space that went on forever.
Old Fisherman October 24, 2012 at 05:16 PM
A skating rink means concrete no matter how it is done. I don't think we should concrete any area that presently is green in the summer and as is mentioned, what business does this bring to the village is to satisfy kids activities with just Grandparents looking on as Rob indicates.
tab October 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I think you are absolutely right and that a skating rink in Northport would be a wonderful addition to a "charming and quaint town"!!
Vinny Lambroia October 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I agree with Elissa Northport does not need a skating rink and all the liability we would be much better served with a dog park we are a very dog friendly town a dog park over a skating rink any day
Old Fisherman October 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I don't know about a dog park and definitely not a skating rink. Why don't we just leave well enough alone and enjoy the park that we presently have at the foot of Main Street.
Thunder Buddies October 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I was discussing the ice rink with friends this week and 'for' it. I must say that I still would like to see the ice rink, or other small ventures, 'have a-go' at it, but after reading a comment by Artie Berke on this site, HE has lost my backing. A comment by Artie Berke was attached to news on the main page of Patch but somehow it's no longer fully display-able. Maybe it was deleted... It's a reply to someone's post that starts off like this: "Really idiotic! It is easy to condemn and criticize other peoples ideas. I would love to speak to you in person to go over the reasons why it not idiotic..." (by A.B.) You can't go out and call people names just because you don't get your way. To the Merchant's Association: do some research, make a presentation and see if it gets backing. You'll get a yes or no answer. But please don't let Artie do the talking for you!
MR October 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I think it would be a wonderful idea. It is sad to see how the merchants suffer during the winter months downtown. Perhaps it could be an ice skating rink in the winter and convert it to a water park in the summer. The harbor has unused space across from the Copenhagen Bakery that would be the perfect spot. I vote yes....
Artie October 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thunder Buddies I did not call anyone any names, I was using sarcasm when I said that it was referring to his statement. He stated I thought the idea of a skating rink at the lower portion of the Village is ( idiotic ) as there is not enough space to already accommodate the parking requirements for the events we now have incorporated. This is a small village, I don't understand why people use alias on this page to hide there identities my name is out there. I am open to discussion on this.I love talking to people in my community about making our community better.

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