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Lace up— Robson Square rink reopens

The rink reopened yesterday to families and groups of young skaters, who laced up for a round at downtown Vancouver’s only outdoor rink.

The Robson Square ice rink is back in business.

The rink reopened yesterday to families and groups of young skaters, who laced up for a round at downtown Vancouver’s only outdoor rink.

“We need more family places like this,” said Zaheed Bakave, a Yaletown resident who brought her niece and four children to the rink for the opening. “I think it would add a lot of dimension to downtown.”

Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee president John Furlong said public spaces are crucial to a city’s livability.

“This is what turns a city from a place to reside in to a place to live in,” Furlong said.

Vancouver Coun. Suzanne Anton has proposed a motion to create a public square — like those found in many European cities — between the art gallery and the Law Courts.

Furlong says he’s in favour of that motion and that he believes Robson Square is already well on its way to becoming a gathering point.

“I think it would be a very easy place to build on,” Furlong said at the rink opening.

“This area here is where people come to when they go to downtown Vancouver.”

 
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