PITTSBURGH – Discussions about converting Hunt Armory in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood into a public ice rink have been going on for years, but it could become a reality as early as November.
Before that, people have the opportunity to share their opinion at community meetings on Monday and Wednesday. The meeting on Monday will be in person at 6:00 p.m. in the Congregation Hall of the Calvary Episcopal Church on Shady Avenue. The Wednesday meeting will be held virtually at 6 p.m. (CLICK HERE for information and HERE to attend the meeting when it takes place).
Hunt Armory on Emerson Street closed as an armory in 2013. Plans for handling the landmark have been in the works since then, with the latest proposal to convert the 46,500-square-foot facility into the first public ice rink in the city’s limits in decades.
Construction could begin as early as November and the rink could potentially open by Thanksgiving.
Every year, the public would be able to use the rink every day from November to March.
The community meetings allow people to voice their concerns.
“I think it would be really exciting for her. I think the city needs to find a parking space, but otherwise I think it would be really good for the community, ”said Priya Gopalan, who lives in Shadyside.
The Pittsburgh Penguins would pay all of the costs of building and running the rink with the aim of diversifying the sport of hockey after the team received a grant from the NHL and the Players’ Association to provide greater opportunities for children from minority communities, take place.
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