Skating Rink Replacement Project
Greenwich’s skating rink is on Sue Merz Way on a site shared with the Strazza Field, across Western Jr. Highway from Western Middle School. The facility was built as an outdoor rink in 1971 and was designated as the Dorothy Hamill Skating Rink in 1976. Incremental projects over the years added a roof, exterior walls and spectator seating. The existing facility has a number of fundamental and critical issues, notably substandard ice size and inadequate, aging and non-code-compliant equipment, building systems and fixtures. The Town intends to build a new, high quality rink facility on the property capable of serving Town users for the decades to come.
The public Eugene Morlot Memorial Park of 13.4 acres includes the rink, the Strazza Field baseball diamond, a parking lot, a playscape, swing set, the Byram Veterans’ Memorial Tree Grove, a wooded area and a grassy hillside. The Byram Veterans Memorial Tree Grove consists of 13 trees and a flagpole, each with a commemorative plaque in a permanently protected area of 0.6 acres. The Eugene Morlot Memorial Park was dedicated on Veterans Day 1989 in memory of alumni of Byram School who lost their lives in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
In the approved budgets for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, the Representative Town Meeting and Board of Estimate and Taxation voted to provide funds to retain architects to develop preliminary plans for the new rink. After a competitive selection process, SLAM Collaborative of Glastonbury, CT was chosen to as architects to design the new facility. A preliminary schedule of milestones for the project is:
|Pre-application to Planning & Zoning Commission||December 2021|
|Preparation for submittal of Municipal Improvement (M.I.) and Land Use process||January 2022|
|Budget request, appropriation for completion of design||February - May 2022|
|Board of Selectmen consider M.I. status||June 2022|
|Creation of public private partnerships||2022|
|M.I. application to P&Z||September 2022|
|Budget request & appropriation for construction||February - May 2023|
|SLAM completion of construction drawings||August 2023|
|Request for proposal (RFP) for construction||September 2023|
|Commencement of construction||December 2023|
|New rink opening||Fall 2025|
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the rink being replaced? Why can’t the town just renovate the current facility? Get answers to common questions about this project by reviewing our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).
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Related Documents & Information
Site Conditions - Strazza Field (PDF) - Excerpt from the Athletic Field Study Report conducted by Weston & Sampson (2020)
Rink User Committee for Design & Planning
The First Selectman has created a Rink User Committee for Design and Planning to act as community liaisons and to assist in planning the project. This Committee meets monthly, and public participation is encouraged.
|Committee Member||Representing Organization|
|Bill Drake, Chairman||B.E.T.|
|Mike Bocchino||Board of Parks and Recreation|
|Brent Brower||Greenwich Skating Club|
|Liz Eckert||Byram Neighborhood Association|
|Rich Ernye||Department of Parks and Recreation|
|Nancy Leamy||Greenwich Skating School|
|Gus Lindine||Greenwich High School Athletics|
|Rick Loh||Board of Parks and Recreation|
|Nick Macri||Veterans - Byram VFW|
|Keith Orrico||Cardinal Youth Hockey|
|Sue Snyder||Department of Parks and Recreation|
|Project Management Team||Title|
|Alan Monelli||Superintendent of Building Maintenance and Construction|
|Steve O'Hurley||Building Maintenance and Construction|
|Joe Siciliano||Director of Parks and Recreation|