Plan for Eastland Mall site will include ice skating rink

CHARLOTTE — The future of the former Eastland Mall site in Charlotte is still being decided, but Channel 9 has learned that there will be an ice skating rink constructed as a throwback to the mall’s popular skating spot.

Thirteen years after the mall officially shut down, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners is ready to breathe new life into the once-abandoned shopping center.

As of now, the county has provided two options to east Charlotte residents. Option A features a large space for community events and playgrounds, the plan also breaks up the site into different activity centers. Option B would connect two open lawn areas for a similar space for community events and multiple walking trails. An amphitheater would also be created for concerts on the slopes.

One thing both options have in common: a seasonal outdoor ice rink. The new rink will honor the old Eastland Mall that once stood, which had an ice skating rink in the center.

Channel 9′s Anthony Kustura met with local residents who are looking forward to the new construction.

“I think it’s a great idea, like most people that I know have to travel to Indian Trail for the skating rink and that’s actually a great family activity,” said Kaisaan Horne.

Neighbor Grant McNeely said the Eastland site is an important memory and he’s ready to bring it back to life.

“I still have a place in my heart for the east side, you know, I just like being over here and I think it would draw people back,” McNeely told Channel 9.

East Charlotte residents have until June 10 to give feedback on the proposals, then officials will draw up final plans for construction to start next year.

(WATCH BELOW: City of Charlotte breaks ground for new development on old Eastland Mall site)

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