Canal District rink forecasts on thin ice?

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John Towler and Matt Jacobs know a thing or two about running an ice skating rink.

Towler is assistant manager at Buffone Skating Arena on Lake Avenue. Jacobs is a supervisor at New England Sports Center in Marlborough.


Sun Staff / Worcester Sun

The former PresMet Corporation site on the corner of Harding and Winter streets, the proposed site of two ice rinks

The proposed construction of an ice skating arena in Worcester (by Marathon Sports Group and the Worcester Business Development Corporation) is gaining significant attention by both proponents for the continued revitalization of the city’s Canal District and critics who don’t see skating rinks as a viable investment.

Opinions are mixed, even among people who manage rinks.

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