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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Commissioner Carmen Rubio hit the ice with OPB

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Mayor Ted Wheeler wears a long black coat and bright orange skates while being interviewed by Lillian Karabaic, who is shorter and wearing a pink blazer and pink skates.

“We know that when people come to downtown Portland and they see it, they realize it’s not as bad as people are saying it is. They want to come back,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler. In the provided photo, Wheeler skates in a temporary ice rink in downtown Portland while being interviewed by OPB’s “Weekend Edition” host, Lillian Karabaic.

Jimmy Radosta

As Portland leaders work to reinvigorate the city’s downtown, the city’s economic bureau, Prosper Portland, has invested in a cool attraction — literally. It’s a temporary ice rink and market in downtown Portland under the Morrison Bridge called Woodsy Winter Village.

The rink is part of a larger effort to revitalize downtown with city-hosted pop-up events and venues.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Carmen Rubio recently strapped on ice skates and joined OPB’s “Weekend Edition” Host Lillian Karabaic to discuss efforts to get downtown’s economy back on track.

“We know that when people come to downtown Portland and they see it, they realize it’s not as bad as people are saying it is. They want to come back,” Wheeler said.

Rubio called the ice rink a “wonderful symbol of bringing community together in a place that is unexpected.”

Click play to listen to city leaders and Karabaic talk about downtown Portland’s icy downtown initiative:

Woodsy Winter Village is open for skating and events, including Wednesday winter-themed movie nights, through Jan. 28. More information can be found at wintericerinkpdx.com

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