70°
UMass Boston's independent, student-run newspaper

The Mass Media

The Mass Media

The Mass Media

Boston’s own Rockefeller Center: Reimagining City Hall Plaza for the winter

City+Hall+Plaza+is+virtually+deserted+during+the+winter+months
City Hall Plaza is virtually deserted during the winter months

People from all over the world come together to skate with their loved ones in the magic of New York’s Rockefeller Center. The huge Christmas tree and twinkling lights illuminate this beloved attraction that most New Yorkers wait for every year.
Boston officials have been contemplating whether to replicate the idea of the Rockefeller Center in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The objective is to transform the plaza from a neglected wasteland into a winter wonderland; city officials are on a mission to bring life to this otherwise deserted area. Both officials and residents are beaming with excitement at the idea of having their very own Rockefeller Center in the heart of Boston.
The majority of University of Massachusetts Boston students who were asked said that they would gladly make the commute to City Hall Plaza for a day of skating and fun with their friends and loved ones.
“I think it’s a great idea and would absolutely go skating during the winter,” says sophomore Jen Mitchell.
Lawmakers had been discussing the idea for several months and have finally come to a decision. Finally, plans have begun to materialize and the rink project is underway. They hope to have it open by late November, giving a new look and activity for this area. The ice rink would have a fee for adults and would be free to children. Concession stands would also be present with food and drinks for as long as the weather permits.
In the wintertime, City Hall Plaza is isolated and nearby residents find the idea of heading to the plaza unappealing due to the lack of activities and the constant frosty weather. However, when the thought of an ice rink, hockey, and hot cocoa comes into play, residents are thrilled at the idea.
“Getting to hang out with my friends, play hockey, and skate sounds like an awesome time. I can’t wait!” states Jonathan White, Boston resident.
Skating at the Frog Pond on the Boston Common, which is not too far from the City Hall Plaza, has been a tradition for many families in the city. Some are worried that the ice-skating rink in the plaza will not only take the business and magic away from this beloved park but also defund the year-round classes that are dependent on the proceeds from the rink. However, city officials assured that they are not trying to take the business away and that they are simply accommodating a different area with different people.