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D.C. Gigs: Running The Show At City's Newest Ice Skating Rink

MS. REBECCA SHEIR

00:00:03
So if snowless skiing doesn't exactly float your boat, how about a more traditional winter pastime, like say, ice skating? The new Canal Park ice rink opened at 2nd and M Street Southeast about two months ago. It's part of a much larger effort to redevelop a neighborhood once home to vacant lots and warehouses. In the latest installment of our D.C. Gigs series, we sent reporter Jocelyn Frank out to meet the woman running the show at the new outdoor rink.

MS. NANCY BUTLER

00:00:31
I drive a Hyundai in real life, which only cost me a couple of thousand, but for my day job I get to drive $140,000 Zamboni, bright red. My name is Nancy Butler. I'm general manager here at Canal Park ice skating rink. We opened November the 16th. I started working here early November, getting it started, getting the whole thing started. I felt like a construction worker. And here we are a month and a half later and I'm general manager. So I'm very proud of myself.

MS. NANCY BUTLER

00:01:20
I'm a Washingtonian, born and raised in Washington, raised on Capitol Hill. And I'm glad we have this ice skating rink. I was raised at the one on Fort Dupont, the indoor one, but it was indoor. It was just kind of dreary. The first time I put on a pair of skates I remember everybody wanted to be Dorothy Hamill. So my dad took me to the ice skating ring. He wouldn't get on the skates, but he would sit there while I would make it around ring. You know, he didn't get the full effect of it. Like, out here, we have sun, we're outside. It's something new.

MS. NANCY BUTLER

00:02:01
This is where we collect our money. And this is where we also pass out the skates over here. We have approximately 40 kids that work here. They're all from D.C. Most of them are from low-income housing. They're very good workers and we all make this thing work together. I knew this neighborhood when it was strictly housing projects. Never thought that this neighborhood would look like this, but some of the old residents were able to come back on some type of voucher program or some type of public assistance, so that worked out pretty well.

MS. NANCY BUTLER

00:02:38
What used to be the old Star Building is here. We have the Department of Transportation. We're a block over from the Waterfront. We've got the Navy Yard two blocks down. Our nation's capital here. This is Washington. It feels like Washington. It's a new Washington.

SHEIR

00:02:59
That was Nancy Butler speaking with reporter Jocelyn Frank.

SHEIR

00:03:07
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