3rd rink at Mennen Arena

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Mennen
Opens New Rink

Photos By Joe Gigli

MORRIS TWP. The new popular number at the Mennen Sports Arena these days is three. That's because the arena's third ice rink was dedicated and officially opened to the public on March 25 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and first open skate. (above left) A skating Demonstration by the Precisely Right Too, intermediate team. (above right) Skaters enjoy the new ice rink, during an open skate. (right) Members of the New Jersey Colonial Squirt B Team, have a demonstration, after the opening ceremonies.

Officials at Mennen Arena Dedicate Rink #3

Photos By Joe Gigli

MORRIS TWP. The new popular number at the Mennen Sports Arena these days is three. That's because the arena's third ice rink was dedicated and officially opened to the public on March 25 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and first open skate.

 "The new rink is a wonderful asset to the Mennen Arena and Morris County," said Jack Kelly, president of the Morris County Park Commission. "The added rink will help meet the growing demand for more ice time and the need for additional recreational programs. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to host more non-ice events."

 The new rink is a 200 x 85-foot ice surface with a future seating capacity for 750 people. Visitors and sport parents will appreciate the new convenient drop-off and pick-up area that expands to the hardscape courtyard. The project also includes amenities such as five locker rooms, first aid/referee room, a new party rental room, an energy efficient ceiling which acts as an insulator and provides brighter lighting, handicap accessible restroom and general seating and state-of-the-art ice making.

 Total cost to build the new rink and complete other improvements to rink #1 were $5.5 million. Also part of the dedication ceremony were figure skating and ice hockey demonstrations.

 "Not only is the construction of rink #3 a first-rate project, but the energy improvements to existing rinks #1 and #2 are as well," said Jeff Biggs, director of engineering. "By adding energy upgrades and planning for future improvements to rink #2, renovations will provide significant savings in energy costs over time."

 This is great news for local figure skating clubs and high school hockey teams who now have the chance for more ice time. Also, the arena's Learn to Skate program is planning to expand its schedule to accommodate up to 1,000 more students, according to Bill Schank, figure skating program director.

(photos, from the top) Precisely Right Too, preliminary skate team. A view of the new rink. Precisely Right Too, intermediate skate team. The New Jersey Colonial Squirt B hockey team. (below) Russ Felter, Land Acquisition Coordinator of the Morris County Park Commission; James Rosenberg, County Administrator; Freeholder Frank Druetzler; Reynold Fauci, Mennen Sports Arena; Freeholder Jack J. Schrier; John J. Murphy, Freeholder Director; Dave Helmer, Director of Recreation for the Morris County Park Commission; Jack Kelly, President of the Morris County Park Commission; Freeholder Douglas R. Cabana; Freeholder Cecilia Laureys; and Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom.

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