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Old 03-02-2015, 01:20 PM
 
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I wouldn't put ice rinks in the same category as zoos and aquariums. They're more like public pools or other similar sports facilities. Not sure of the economics of ice rinks, but they tend to have a mix of public skating time (where anyone can come and skate if they pay a few bucks) and renting out by the hour for local hockey teams, figure skating clubs, private parties, etc. In some areas of the country rinks are tougher to find and draw from a larger region; in others (like my home state of Minnesota), even relatively small communities often still support an indoor ice rink. The more touristy little rinks like they sometimes have in downtowns or other shopping areas during the holiday season are a different category, but presumably those either directly cover their costs through the higher prices of admission and skate rental, and/or are subsidized as a seasonal marketing effort.

Zoos and aquariums are almost all nonprofits, and have an educational mission. In many ways, they are in the same category as museums or science centers. They can be "money makers" in the sense that they provide local jobs and can attract outside money to a city, both through visitors and through grants and other sources of funding that sometimes comes from federal or national governmental or private funding sources.
Makes sense.
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Old 03-06-2015, 04:37 PM
 
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I wouldn't put ice rinks in the same category as zoos and aquariums. They're more like public pools or other similar sports facilities. Not sure of the economics of ice rinks, but they tend to have a mix of public skating time (where anyone can come and skate if they pay a few bucks) and renting out by the hour for local hockey teams, figure skating clubs, private parties, etc. In some areas of the country rinks are tougher to find and draw from a larger region; in others (like my home state of Minnesota), even relatively small communities often still support an indoor ice rink. The more touristy little rinks like they sometimes have in downtowns or other shopping areas during the holiday season are a different category, but presumably those either directly cover their costs through the higher prices of admission and skate rental, and/or are subsidized as a seasonal marketing effort.

Zoos and aquariums are almost all nonprofits, and have an educational mission. In many ways, they are in the same category as museums or science centers. They can be "money makers" in the sense that they provide local jobs and can attract outside money to a city, both through visitors and through grants and other sources of funding that sometimes comes from federal or national governmental or private funding sources.
I did some more research and I have to agree with you again. Zoos, aquariums, skating rinks, skate parks, and even hiking trails to some extent are started and get support from non-profits.
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