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Ice Skating on the Square Approved

Monday, August 13

New holiday tradition to open on Nov. 16

Spartanburg City Council authorized staff to negotiate final terms and conditions of a sponsorship agreement that will enable the City to open an outdoor ice
skating rink on Morgan Square this holiday season.

The rink would open on Nov. 15 and remain open until sometime in early January. The City would staff the rink and provide Public Safety officers at an estimated total cost not to exceed $25,000. The City would charge users $10 to skate, which would include skate rental. Hours of operation are yet to be determined. The rink will be located on the circular grassy area just above the fountain on the Church Street side of Morgan Square.

A primary sponsor, who has asked to remain unnamed, will cover the balance of the cost of the temporary ice rink’s construction and associated costs for renting the ice-making equipment, minus the proceeds raised from user admissions and other sponsorships. This represents at least a $100,000 commitment on the part of the primary sponsor. Monday’s action signaled Council’s support for the project and authorized staff to finalize details of the sponsorship agreement and contract with the vendor
that will construct the rink.

Downtown outdoor ice skating has proven to be a significant attraction and boost to foot traffic in many cities, including a growing number in the Southeast.
The City will release more details about the ice skating project soon.

In other action:

 

  • City Council gave final approval to the West Main Street Improvement Project. This streetscape project will replace the existing concrete sidewalks on West Main Street between Daniel Morgan Avenue and the railroad crossing with wider, brick sidewalks. The project will also reduce lanes from two to one in each direction for automobiles while adding bike lanes in each direction. In addition, trees will be planted and the road will be resurfaced from Daniel Morgan Avenue to East St. John Street. Raby Construction of Greenville was awarded the project with a bid of $275,000. 

 

  • Council also gave approval for Raby Construction to complete a project on Lafayette Street – adding sidewalks, grass, and trees along a short stretch of Lafayette between Henry and Ribault streets. That portion of Lafayette will soon serve as the new main entrance for the new Pine Street YMCA, which has been rebuilt and recently opened. The cost of the Lafayette Street project is included in the winning bid for the East Main Street Improvement Project.