Ice skating is one of the most popular activities in the winter time, but the options in West Hartford are pretty limited.
On Thursday evening, one resident hoping to change that presented his idea to the city council.
“The idea is from a backyard skating rink that I created for my kids,” said Owen Eagan, who wants to build an ice skating rink for children in West Hartford, and he already has a prototype built. “The cost is minimal. You need 2 foot by 6 foot boards.”
With some plastic and some help from Mother Nature bringing freezing temperatures, Eagan said he believes he can bring ice skating to West Hartford.
“Everyone is looking for something to do outside – It’s like having a pickup game of basketball with your friends on a basketball court,” Eagan said.
The rink would be run by volunteers and wouldn’t require an operator, and it would also be free.
“The proposal I had was at Sterling Field or at Duffy School to start. And I think they could do one at every school if it works,” he said.
The idea already has support in the community, from people like A.J. O’Brien.
“I think it’s something the kids will never forget how to do. It’s a great family activity on weekends. Get the kids off the couch. Get them out there moving around. Have some fresh air,” O’Brien said.
Eagan said he was told by the city that he would need a special permit.
Even though it would likely be another year before it comes to fruition, Eagan is hoping to get something off the ground by the end of this winter.
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