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Greenway: An ice day on the waterfront

The ice-skating rink will be under the Boston Harbor Hotel arch.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff/file 2012

The ice-skating rink will be under the Boston Harbor Hotel arch.

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway has become more of a center of activity in the summer months, year after year. But winter along the 15-acre park can still be bleak. That’s why one of the Greenway’s most iconic destinations, the Boston Harbor Hotel, deserves credit for creating new reasons for Bostonians to venture to the downtown waterfront. Foremost among them is ice-skating: Workers are putting the finishing touches on a new “Rotunda Rink” under the hotel’s trademark arch, with views of the city and harbor. It will open with a free skate from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Accommodating 75 skaters at a time, the rink is just the most visible of a series of “Winter on the Wharf” activities designed to draw more Bostonians to the site, including a wine festival and chocolate celebration later in the season. “There’s a focus on activating the whole waterfront neighborhood throughout the winter, since it’s so crowded in the summer,” said Heather Joselyn, public relations director for the hotel. By enticing the public to visit, the Boston Harbor Hotel is not only enhancing itself as a destination for local residents, but also helping the Greenway reach its full potential even in colder months.

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