Town of Union looks to add public ice rink

By Perry Russom

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A new winter activity will be coming to western Broome County.

The Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak said she is currently looking at locations to put a public ice rink.

"We're so excited for people to be able to have that recreation in the Town of Union," said Sotak.

The exact location of the rink is still being planned, but it will be in a public park.

The idea came from The Skating Community for Opportunities in Recreation and Enrichment group, also known as S.C.O.R.E.

It's the company's mission to bring hockey back to western Broome County.

"We're not just talking about hockey. We're talking about skating and other ice sports as well," said Jim Tofte, president of S.C.O.R.E.

Tofte said the need for the rink stems from the lack of growth of ice sports in the area.

"We're kind of stagnant right now as far as growth goes," said Tofte. "We can't expand programs we can't have competitive teams because there is no ice."

A potential landing spot for the community rink is Glendale Park. This week, the town will be surveying a few different sites to see where the best option will be.

Other than Glendale Park, another place for the rink? Route 17C Park.

"West Endicott we would like to look at because it's completely fenced already," said Sotak. "We want to look at Highland Park."

It won't be used strictly for skating. In the summer, the hope is to use it for roller hockey or lacrosse.

"Depending on site selection, it could anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000," said Tofte.

As for when Sotak wants this community rink to be up and running? She said as soon as possible.

Sotak said the town will be looking at private donations as well as grant money to pay for the rink.

The Town of Union board will be meeting Wednesday night to work out the details and get more information on the rink.