Can Pride, art and ice skating get along at the Civic Center? 

Since thousands of World Cup fans have been watching soccer on the big screen at Civic Center, Rec and Park commissioners are starting to question how well their revenue ideas for the open space will come together.

They have talked about starting a public market and building a seasonal ice skating rink on the tourist hub, but the World Cup crowd has commissioners questioning whether it could be overkill especially with events like the Pride Parade.

“If we had a roller skating rink at Civic Center, would we be able to have the kind of event in June, say as we just did for the World Cup? Or would that be inconsistent?’’ asked Commissioner Michael Sullivan at the commissioners’ last meeting.

General Manager Phil Ginsburg said everything will be taken into consideration while money-making ideas start developing, and that the World Cup “has been a great experiment and, you know, I’m already thinking about 2014.’’

Commissioner David Lee said they should also keep crowds in mind for the next temporary art installation since they had to fence off the giant Buddha to protect it from the crowd.

But Ginsburg said, “It’s subject to people behaving badly and irresponsibly. … We should struggle with whether or not it should include public art. But I would always lean yes on that because I think it just adds so much to our parks.’’

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