Expanding winter use of public park and playgrounds: ice rinks?
Besides the animus towards yoga in a public park in Echo Park, Los Angeles, mentioned yesterday, something else to think about it terms of DIY and better use of space in public parks and recreation centers, would be "what about building neighborhood ice rinks in park space across the city?," depending on the interest and demand in specific neighborhoods.
This is inspired by the mention that the Columbia Heights public plaza was supposed to be outfitted for ice skating when it was first designed--although the space seems small to me and it would be hard to accommodate a rink there.
Right: the "Joyce Rink" in Seabrook, NH, courtesy of Shane (submitted to Boston.com).
I'm sure there are all kinds of liability and other issues, but those should be addressable.
Anyway, this Boston Globe story, "Build your own backyard ice rink: Boston dad-approved tips," is more about backyard ice rinks, but covers the same ground. It can be done for a few hundred dollars and some extra money each month for water.