Popular New Haven skating rink could temporarily close this winter

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The City of New Haven might be closing Ralph Walker Skating Rink on State Street this winter for much needed repairs.

“There are issues with the facility that need to be addressed some as a result as deferred maintenance some as a function of age,” said New Haven City Spokesperson, Laurence Grotheer.

The city is waiting on a report from a consultant to come up with a plan.

“The city brought in an independent consultant to evaluate the condition of the facility and make an objective determination on what needs to be done,” Grotheer.

The city tells News 8 they are also looking for a new vendor to run the facility. The contract ended with the previous company the city hired.

“I really hope they restore it because it should be restored they just put up some apartments over there,” said Michael Dauzat.

The rink has been around since the 70’s and a popular spot in the community for kids and families.

“People have the skating area and then you have the little place where you can chill out,” said Niyay James.

“It would be a bummer because we don’t have much else to do during the winter time,” said James.

New Haven locals tell News 8 it is about time for renovations.

“The roof is brand new but everything inside is falling apart,” said Michael Dauzat.

Dauzat said the outside of the building is an eyesore.

“They are not keeping the grass cut around the area. They are not up keeping it,” said Dauzat.

The city said they’ll have the game plan for renovations any day now.

“The hope is to get it up and running as quickly as possible and as cost effectively as possible,” said Grotheer.

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