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The Ice Rink Has Arrived!

Long awaited rink has been assembled.

All Southington needs is three consecutive days of cold weather and residents will be able to skate on their very own temporary ice skating rink conveniently located at Veterans Memorial Park.

The rink is the result of hard work by resident and Water Board Commissioner, Michael Domian and Town Council member Dawn Miceli and they are eagerly looking forward to seeing it filled with skaters enjoying themselves, at no cost to local taxpayers.

"This is all being done without taxpayer dollars," said Miceli.  "Not even the Parks and Recreation Department will be asked to come and clean it off if it snows."

The 72x133-foot rink has been laid out alongside Woodruff Street, directly under emergency lighting which is lit each night.  The square, white, plastic structure, purchased from a ice skating rink company named Nice Rink, took about 2 months to reach it's final destination and is reusable each winter season.

As reported by , Domian and Miceli received permission from the Board of Finance on Dec. 13, to go ahead and make the purchase, which is to be fully reimbursed to the town thanks to the generous donations of community businesses and donors.

Miceli said that the town has been very supportive of the rink from the    get-go.  "We have gotten a lot of community support," said Miceli, "overhwhelming support in phone calls, emails, texts," she said. Miceli feels that the concept of a townwide ice rink brings out in everyone sentimental feelings and memories of their childhood skating experiences.

So, as of Friday afternoon volunteers assembled the simple structure into which the Southington Fire Department pumped up to 7 inches of water and then begin the wait for freezing temperatures to do the trick.

Domian and Miceli would like to say a special thank you to the many donors who made the rink possible: ESPN, The Calvanese Foundation, Billy Carlson Heating and Air Conditioning, PTE Energy, Ray Gorham and family and other anonymous donors.

 

S10 January 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Wow ! This is great news! What a wonderful treat for the children of Southington. Thank you Micheal & Dawn for your hard work to make this happen. You are the best!! :)
Stu Pedassel January 01, 2012 at 12:01 PM
"This is all being done without taxpayer dollars," said Miceli. "Not even the Parks and Recreation Department will be asked to come and clean it off if it snows." I am wondering how much it's going to cost and who's going to pay for the grounds repairs after this temporary structure is removed from the site this spring? Does that come from fantasyland or some such? Just curious.
Todd Lentini January 02, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Nice post Stu grinch! Some people are never happy!
Ed Costello January 02, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Born 2 run is just never happy but is always "just curious"...................I wonder why he/she never uses their real name?????? This new name really is fitting. Why don't you make a donation to help restore the field. Let me know how much you donate and I will match it.
Tony Casale January 02, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I hate to repeat myself,but the BOF did NOT give permission to go ahead with the project, we actually had nothing to do with it, the money was used from an open line item within the Parks budget and will be appropriated back by the BOF when the donations come in, it was brought before the BOF as a courtesy by Councilwoman Miceli and Town Manager Garry Brumback. It'sa great idea, we shall have to wait and see if the promise of no tax dollars being used actually comes true. In the meantime, we are shopping for skates!

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