A supplement to my post from yesterday (read: City of Long Beach Winter Commercial is great, but we need more winter destinations in Long Beach).
I really think we need more activities in Long Beach during the winter. It’s great how our city is advertising Long Beach as a year round destination, but us residents know that the activities in the winter here are very minimal. We do have some really nice stores, restaurants and the new boardwalk is beautiful (especially with the lights), but it’s FREEEEEZING by the water. This is where Ice Skating in Kennedy Plaza comes in.Yes, I realize we have an ice arena, but this is different. This is temporary, only during the colder months. A place for folks to meet; an easy location for most to walk to; for people watching; for drinking hot chocolate or coffee, for listening to music and soaking in the season. It’s the center of town and will compliment the downtown experience! Isn’t outdoor ice skating really quaint? Plus. you charge for skate rental, ice skating, food and drinks- the damn thing pays itself off! I am sure there is some insurance waiver form you get people to agree to when they purchase a ticket, but other than that, I think it’s a home run.
Anyway, so after my post on more winter destinations in Long Beach, I received the following email from Joseph of Smart Sport Surfacing, a Montauk-based company which specializes in building the type of rink that would be perfect for Kennedy Plaza. Joseph explains their product in his email, so check it out and let us know what you folks think. Ice Skating in Kennedy Plaza? Can we make this happen?? City Council, Hello????Discuss!!
Oh, and as always, please head to Imagine Long Beach and LIKE this idea.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Joseph Murphy and I am the President of Smart Sport Surfacing, a unique and innovative company specializing in sports field and tennis court construction located in Montauk, NY. I am also the U.S distributor for FunICE Synthetic Ice Rinks. FunICE comprises a proven system of environmentally friendly plastic panels that provide gliding properties most similar to natural ice. These panels represent a viable alternative to real ice rinks, making ice-skating and related recreational activities possible almost anywhere, anytime, and at an incredibly reasonable price. There are no energy costs, no carbon footprint, a 20 to 30 year product lifetime, and the entire system is completely recyclable at the end of its life cycle.
FunICE has a patented connection system that does not require any oil based lubrication or unwanted additives. The gliding characteristics are manufactured into the panel and can be used with normal ice skates.
Europe has embraced the environmentally friendly and economical characteristics of the FunICE rinks and we have installed 330,000 square feet of FunICE throughout Europe. The prestigious Montana Institute in Zug, Switzerland chose FunICE over real ice because of the aforementioned attributes. Their pristine campus nestled on the side of a mountain facing the Swiss Alps demanded a durable, environmentally friendly, and highly realistic ice surface without the constant noise of chillers and generators. FunICE met and exceeded these expectations, highlighting the potential of this system not merely as an ice substitute, but as a highly manageable and durable product for recreational enthusiasts the world over.
Please visit our web site at www.smartsportsurfacing.com for more information. I have a 20 x 40 demo rink, which can be set up on any flat surface if you would like to test the FunIce system. I am a local business and will be readily available to meet with you and your board at your convenience. Thank you.
Smart Sport Surfacing
P.O. Box 1026
Amagansett, New York 11930