A Ferris wheel, urban beach and winter ice park could possibly change the way Boston experiences City Hall Plaza in the near future. The city of Boston announced today that it will partner with the Boston Garden Development Corporation to redevelop City Hall Plaza.
“I am confident that the city of Boston has a great partner in Boston Garden Development Corporation who will help us make the best use year-round of the space we have at City Hall Plaza,” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said today in a news release.
The new three-year contract will allow the Boston Garden Development Corporation to add new programming elements to complement existing activities on the plaza, and add new temporary amenities. The city says it will work with the contractor to determine what’s feasible over the next three years.
The proposal calls for year-round programming on City Hall Plaza, including an ice skating path in winter months and a “beach” setup for the summer that also features a huge ferris wheel.
The proposal also called for separate activation of different zones of the plaza, which would still accommodate all the city’s previously scheduled events like Boston Calling, the Scooper Bowl and Phantom Gourmet BBQ Music Festival.
The plan also calls for the potential for an observation wheel and a restaurant structure with a liquor license that would be run by a restaurant group that has yet to be selected.