Monument Square on ice?

Former Troy mayor Harry Tutunjian floated an interesting idea for the 1 Monument Square site on Twitter this week (embedded above). As he followed-up in a reply: "Everyone who skates in Victorian costumes can skate for free."

An ice rink in the bowl (if that's the word) could be a fun scene. It'd probably be hard to pull off for the current winter, considering winter is pretty much already here. And the cost would be an obstacle, especially since Troy is so strapped for cash. (It looks like a portable rink might be somewhere in the $100k range. Maybe it's possible to rent for less.)

But, if anything, it's good to be thinking about how to use that prime spot for something other than a de facto parking lot. There's gotta be all sorts of ways to activate that space. Maybe show movies there again. Or a wiffle ball tournament (it does kind of look like a baseball diamond). Or art. Or some sort of architecture event (touchy subject). Something more than a blank space in the downtown picture.


RPI vs Union outdoor game!!!! Maybe it could be like Center City in Schenectady in the 80s!!

Harry should think outside the box a little bit. Instead of an ice rink what if they put like a perfectly good city hall bldg there or something like that.

How about a multiplex movie theater??


I mean... it's winter in Troy. We're about to have so many water mains burst that we'll be flush with skating rinks in no time!

It has been used a few times for the public- there was a rave down there, a few parties... It's pretty much the de facto downtown fireworks spot. Some fun graffiti has popped up, been painted over, and popped up again.

People do use it beyond just a parking hole but I'd love to see it utilized more.

Fail to plan, plan to fail. There should have been a plan BEFORE city hall moved from the spot and much sooner than the time of demolition. But alas, politics only works from a very narrow perspective, normally commencing from the center of oneself...

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