The Record: Agreement allows Englewood residents to use Mackay Park ice rink

30 September 2012 14 views No Comment

The Record reports: Englewood residents, hockey enthusiasts and other skaters will once again be able to use the ice rink in Mackay Park after months of negotiations between the Boys and Girls Club of Garfield and city officials over an operating agreement led to a settlement Saturday.

Mayor Frank Huttle said the finalized agreement on the John T. Wright Arena offers city residents special free skating sessions, discounted private rental times and a $1 discount during public skating sessions.

“Englewood residents will have access to a free skating session once a month and enjoy discounted rates at all other times,” Huttle said in a statement. “This agreement provides a great opportunity for the Englewood Recreational Department to plan and organize events and also makes the arena available to our school children for athletics.”

City officials are spending $280,000 to upgrade the 34-year-old arena and are hoping to see it open shortly after the work is completed, which is expected to be on Oct. 15.

For hockey teams from around the area, the opening can’t happen fast enough; some youth teams have been practicing in other facilities and the high school teams take the ice on Nov. 15.

Final details on the agreement were not released Saturday but during negotiations the contract called for the Boys and Girls Club to pay the city $25,000 annually for a 10-year lease.

The club will also maintain regular skating sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays for three and four hours respectively between, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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