WESTFIELD, NJ — A popular seasonal ice rink is anticipated to return to a public park for the next two winter seasons following the Town Council’s 6 to 3 approval of a partnership with the rink’s private owner.

The council's split vote Tuesday night came after a presentation on the plans for the Rink at Gumbert Park from Ken Anderson, the owner of Union Sports Arena.

Residents spoke both in favor and against the town’s renewal, noting the benefit of reduced travel time for local athletes, opportunities for community events, but also the adverse neighborhood impacts seen in the rink’s first season.

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“We really think that the rink exceeded expectations,” said Anderson, reporting on the first season. “But there are things that we can do to improve.”

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Watch the Town Council discussion here:

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PREVIOUSLY: Westfield Recreation Says Gumbert Park Again for a Winter Ice Rink 
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