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.