Broome County Donates Dasher Boards to Town of Union

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Legislators Jason Shaw, Greg Baldwin and Matt Pasquale, as well as Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak and Councilman Frank Bertoni to announce the County is donating dasher boards so the Town of Union can build an ice rink at Highland Park.

“We are pleased to work with the Town of Union to open a new ice rink in Broome County,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “This new rink will provide families a place to ice skate, hockey teams a place to practice and play and will help ease the burden on the few ice rinks we currently have.”

“I want to thank Broome County for their donation,” says Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak. “The need for a new ice rink has been apparent since Grippen Park’s rink was closed after the flood of 2011.”

The dasher boards will be the foundation for a Town of Union Rink as early as this winter. The first phase is expected to include a seasonal outdoor rink at Highland Park. Later phases could potentially include a more permanent location with a refrigeration system and a building.

“I applaud the County Executive and the Town of Union for recognizing the need for more ice here in Broome County,” says Jim Tofte, president of the Skating Community for Opportunities in Recreation and Enrichment, or The S.C.O.R.E. “I can’t wait to work with the Town to make this a reality.”

The S.C.O.R.E. is partnering with the Town in the development of the rink and recently purchased a Zamboni during the Broome County Auction that can eventually be used at the rink.

"Broome County is proud to partner with the Town of Union and S.C.O.R.E. to help make the new ice rink at Highland Park a reality," said County Legislator Jason Shaw. "This new facility will be a recreational destination for people from all over the Town of Union as well as Broome County as a whole."

“This partnership will provide a family friendly environment, more ice time for hockey leagues, increased economic benefits and much more. This is a win-win-win for everyone involved,” says Preston.

Work on the new ice rink is expected to begin in the near future.

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10/06/2014 - 3:01pm