Dance/roller skating as a public activity: if NYC can do it, why not Northfield?

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While strolling through New York City’s Central Park when we visited there in late July, we came upon a section of the park cordoned off for dance skating, run by the Central Park Dance Skaters Association:

Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday from 2:30 to 6:30pm from mid-April through Halloween. The CPDSA sets up a sophisticated sound system and plays music for all dance skaters. The event is free and is supported by the membership of the CPDSA. Our Circle is attended by hundreds of skaters and enjoyed by thousands of spectators each weekend.

It not only drew a large group of dance skaters but an even larger crowd of onlookers because the skaters were pretty entertaining, if not for their skating ability, acrobatics and various antics then for their outfits.

It occurred to me that something similar could easily be done on and around Bridge Square in downtown Northfield.  All it would take would be some local organization (YMCA? Community Ed and Rec? NDDC?) to take it on for a season.

See this 30-second video:

Let’s put some game tables in downtown Northfield

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I was struck by the popularity of game tables in New York City’s parks when I visited there last week. People gather around the tables to watch some of the games, too. Others use the tables as a place to meet and eat. The benches on either side of the tables have backs on them, making them more comfortable for sitting than picnic tables.

I’d like to see the Streetscape Task Force spend some of its remaining money to put game tables with benches in downtown along River Walk, the Sesqui Plaza, and maybe Bridge Square.

What can Northfield learn from NYC?

Griff Wigley, Amanda Wigley, Collin Wigley,  Collin Wigley, Amanda Wigley, Izzy, Robbie Wigley 
You may have noticed that my blog posts in the past week have been somewhat fluff-oriented. Thin. Light weight. Boring, even. That’s because Robbie and I spent the past week in the New York City/Jersey City area,  visiting our son Collin and his wife Amanda.  When traveling/on vacation, I don’t like spending too much time on LoGro, but I feel compelled to have something new on the blog every day because 500-1000 people visit daily.

Stop praying. God's too busy to find you a parking spotWe got back late last night and I’ve got a few blog posts in my head on the theme: What can Northfield learn from NYC?  I’ll get them up over the next week, photos included, of course.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of a whimsical billboard that we spotted adjacent to the High Line.

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