Editor’s Note: Samuel Oliver Bushwick is a new contributing writer to Sad City Hartford. In this week's installment, Bushwick takes a look at Hartford's answer to Rockefeller Center.
With all the negative headlines plaguing Hartford this year, one could argue that the city is on thin ice. If that’s the case, perhaps it’s only fitting that a skating rink was brought to Bushnell Park this holiday season.
Of course, one visit to the rink and you realize that not all is lost in the Capital City. During this particular visit - where admittedly I spent more time on my rear than actually skating - you could see families spending quality time together, and hear the sounds of laughter from kids as they glide on the ice. Isn’t this what the holidays are all about?
In all my excitement of being able to skate for free and not have to wait in line (beat that Rockefeller Center!), something else struck me. Many of the people in attendance had never skated before. As I was attempting to lace my skates (Ok, so one of my laces was really short…but at least they’re free.) I observed someone helping a child put on their skate. I then overheard a mother say/ask “we’ve never skated before, is this how you do it?”
It was at that moment, that I realized that this rink was more than a rink. It’s an opportunity for the local community to enjoy something together. That’s further proven by the grassroots Facebook fanpage that was created and has over 230 fans. You know in my last post, I called the city’s Festival of Light ceremony a Charlie Brown effort. Well, it looks like Charlie Brown got it right after all.