Downtown Providence's bumper-cars-on-ice attraction has proven more popular than officials anticipated, easily bringing in enough revenue to cover the cost of buying the 16-car fleet.
The Providence Journal reports that rides at the downtown skating rink brought in about $132,000 from January through March, well above the $86,000 cost of the cars.
A spokesman for Mayor Jorge Elorza says the idea was to draw more visitors to the Kennedy Plaza area and revamp its image as solely a business and transit hub.
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The bumper cars have already been switched over into summer mode, with harder tires designed to work on the bare concrete of the rink. The city plans to buy a large soccer ball to let riders play bumper-car soccer