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Patch Poll: How Cool Will the Ice Skating Rink be for the Charlestowne Mall?

Would the rink be a draw for you?

People keeping tabs on the redevelopment of the on East Main Street know the management is pursing a more entertainment-based venue for the site.

As evidence of that plan for more entertaining attractions, signs posted on one large section of the mall proclaim the planned ice skating rink.

Recently, a mall spokesman told St. Charles Patch that, while the intended opening date for the rink is still this spring, the location of it will be moved from the east side to the west side of mall, near the former Sears store.

The idea is to group all entertainment options together in Charlestowne. Both a mini-golf location and the Classic Cinema theaters are found in that half.

We’d like to know what you think? Does the idea of cutting across the ice make a future mall visit more attractive for you?

Gregory W. Swedberg November 10, 2011 at 06:06 PM
It won't draw me to the mall any more than the other ice skating rink two miles down Kirk Road does.
Mirae Page November 10, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Anything that would help Charlestown Mall come back would be fantastic :-)
Rick Nagel (Editor) November 10, 2011 at 06:46 PM
I don't think ice skating will draw me in—unless our kids decide they want to go ice skating. (And last year, Geneva had two nice rinks at Wheeler Park.) But I think it's great they're trying new things at the mall. Hope there are more to come!
Linda November 10, 2011 at 08:58 PM
It definitely won't do anything for me! Bring in restaurants, high end stores on the level of Von Mauer and you will see that the mall will get a lot of traffic. I think the ice rink will bring in loitering ..which the mall has already in the evening. Young kids that parents drop off to hang out. Not a good idea
Sandy Kaczmarski November 11, 2011 at 01:41 AM
I have shopped at Charlestowne for years and would love to see it come alive again. Just not sure how many ice skaters there are, especially since there's another rink down Kirk. And not sure how many of those ice skaters will stop at the sushi bar, the other big idea to spur revitalization.
Terry Flanagan November 11, 2011 at 04:15 AM
An ice skating rink would be better than last year's pathetic Christmas display. We strolled through the practically abandoned mall in the days before Christmas and noticed two of the manikins half-buried in the fake snow in a setting that might have been closer to a recreation of the Donner Party tragedy than a heart-warming holiday scene.
Elizabeth R November 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Ice skating may be a novel idea in CA. where the owners are from, but for us it's not exciting. We have had the rink in Geneva for years and it has struggled and is a great venue. Get outside the box, put in a Dave & Busters style food & game place where both adults and families can come. It would draw people and blend well with the other entertainment ala theater and mini golf.
Tia Prince Srachta November 11, 2011 at 04:09 PM
It absolutely is not a draw. There is a beautiful ice skating facility down the street. Now, a roller rink, or large arcade would be something that would draw families in. Wish the new owners would have done some sort of survey to find out what the residents in the area were interested in.
Michelle November 15, 2011 at 01:58 PM
I loved going to that mall until all the kids started taking over the place on the weekends. My daughter and I couldn't walk anywhere without seeing kids making out in a corner somewhere or for that matter anywhere in there. Being disrespectful with their language,attitude and behavior especially in the food court where there are families with small children. So it doesn't matter to me what they put in there because until they can control all the stupidity that occurs in there, I will not be there anytime soon.
Nick Swedberg (Editor) November 15, 2011 at 05:54 PM
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Nick Swedberg (Editor) November 15, 2011 at 05:56 PM
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Elizabeth R November 15, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Another potential idea to fill the empty Sears space would be bring in a bowling alley/arcade/banquet hall factility. When have you ever seen a bowling alley go out of business? It blends well and provides something the area is lacking and promotes fun for kids, families and even seniors! I would also offer the deal the the owners of St. Charles Bowl first to keep it locally owned and operated if possible. The ice rink will be a wasted effort I am afraid when there are many other viable options to rev up interest in that Mall.
robert poznanski March 15, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Talk about throwing around dumb ideas,a ice skating rink is probably the last thing that will draw anyone there! The place is a SHOPPING mall! The thing that drew us there, when it was built,was the great, shopping! Yes, it was nice that they had the merry go round,(and our then, 2 year old son loved it) but it was the great mix of retailers that they had, that drew us,without the crowds,that we experienced,at the other malls!! That last statement, probably, states, it all!! Without customers, how can any mall, survive!!

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