Two years after plans were announced to bring an ice skating rink to Highbridge Park in Washington Heights, the city's Parks Department has decided to abandon the project altogether, DNAinfo reports.
Parks has twice issued a request for proposals [RFP] for the project but hasn't managed to interest any potential developers so far. The City Councilman from the neighborhood, Ydanis Rodriguez, had contributed $1.3 million from his budget towards the project, but that didn't help it move forward either.
Plans had called for the rink to built on top of the wading pool at West 173rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The Parks Department's proposal request also included a warming tent, and three mobile food units. The rink would have been operational from October to March every year.
While the ice skating rink may have failed, the Parks Department has been carrying out extensive renovation work at Highbridge Park including a recent $61 million effort to restore and reopen High Bridge.