A month ago, skaters were swooshing around the ice rink on a wintry escape on City Hall Plaza. But on Tuesday, a clean-up crew was using shovels to scrape away the remnants of that rink.
Yes, folks. Boston’s winter wonderland is over.
The festive spectacle that brought thousands to the front doors of City Hall shuttered for the season on Sunday, when temperatures were a mild 49 degrees.
“They are taking down the ice pack now. Most of it had already been melted,” said Tricia McCorkle, spokeswoman for Boston Garden Development Corp. — a subsidiary of Delaware North Cos. — which won the three-year contract with the city for the plaza’s revival.
Since then, crews have been dissembling the rink, clearing the sand and foam that helped formed the surface and removing the glass and plywood.
Everything will be hauled away and stored in a facility in Charlestown. Work is expected to be completed in about four weeks, McCorkle said.
Boston Winter Wonderland, which featured a holiday village and the ice loop, attracted 300,000 people in its first month of operations, McCorkle said.
The ice rink drew 28,000 skaters in December and approximately 20,000 between January and February, she added. The holiday village closed in December.
McCorkle said she did not have overall attendance numbers for January and February because most of the visitors came primarily to skate and visit the Urban Lodge.