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Boston’s Rockefeller Center? Ice rink may come to City Hall Plaza

Winter often transforms Boston City Hall Plaza into a deserted wasteland, forcing pedestrians to slip-slide cautiously over the ice-encrusted expanse of red brick. This year, however, the city may play to the plaza’s strength.

 

Officials are contemplating a large ice skating rink to invigorate the seven-acre plaza, which has long been this city’s most maligned public space. It could become Boston’s own Rockefeller Center, with couples skating arm-in-arm in the glow of lights from City Hall.

 

Think about hockey games, and hot cocoa vendors, and a Government Center Zamboni to keep the ice smooth.

 

“The vision is to bring City Hall Plaza something that people can use during the wintertime when it’s desolate,” said Ken Brissette, Boston’s director of tourism, sports, and entertainment. “We like the idea.”

 

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South Boston Park Gives Adults A Place To Play

BOSTON (CBS) – From ping pong and bocce to corn hole and swing time. It is a new twist on an old idea.

 

Executive Director of the Mass. Convention Center Authority Jim Rooney says, “We wanted to experiment a little bit and bring a coolness factor to the South Boston waterfront.”

 

This is a pop up park and it’s like nothing you have seen in Boston before.

 

A visitor says, “We just came down to check it out.”

 

This is a park geared for the grown-ups. There are lots of games and cool seating, there is a bar and even live music. All of this, on the site of a former dirt lot outside the Convention Center, it was wasted land until the Mass Convention Center Authority wanted to try something totally new.

 

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The Best Day to Buy Airline Tickets

Looking for an airfare deal? Your odds improve if you buy on the weekend.

 

A new deep dive into airline fares suggests Sunday is the best day to find low fares. This is a departure from the conventional wisdom of recent years, when Tuesday was considered the best bet.

 

Airlines Reporting Corp., which processes tickets for travel agencies and handles about half of all tickets sold, tallied up ticket sales. Over a 19-month period ending in July, 130 million domestic and international round-trip tickets worth $94 billion showed the lowest average price, of $432, was on Sunday. At $439, Saturday’s average is also lower than Tuesday, which averages $497.

 

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- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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MFA study finds Bostonians love cultural events

Bostonians are more culturally engaged and attend a greater number of cultural events per month compared with the national average, the Museum of Fine Arts said Friday.

 

The MFA’s findings are the result of a study of the Boston area’s cultural audience titled “Culture Track 2014: Focus on Boston.” According to a statement from the MFA, 1,238 people from Boston, Greater Boston, and parts of New Hampshire answered online questions from February to March about their engagement in culture, for the first Boston edition of the survey.

 

“This study, commissioned by the MFA, gets inside Boston’s unique cultural mindset, which is deeply informed, engaged, and unique,” MFA director Malcolm Rogers said in the statement. “We expect that it will help as we build and diversify our audiences in the future. It’s a privilege for us to share the findings with Boston’s cultural community.”

 

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Boston Is Finally Getting A Skate Park

BOSTON — Skaters rejoice, it’s finally happening. Nearly two decades after it was first thought up, Boston is getting a public skate park.

 

A groundbreaking ceremony is being held Thursday morning for the Lynch Family Skatepark and organizers expect it to open by this time next year.

 

The $3 million, 40,000-square-foot skaters’ paradise will be located in East Cambridge near North Point Park, underneath ramps to I-93. The park is designed to accommodate skateboarders, BMX riders, rollerbladers, scooter riders and athletes in wheelchairs. The venue will also have seating for spectators and will be able to accomodate community events as well as professional skating competitions.

 

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- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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