Skating Rink Replacement Project

Rink Project Page HeaderGreenwich’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 CommissionDecember 2021
Preparation for submittal of Municipal Improvement (M.I.) and Land Use processJanuary 2022
Budget request, appropriation for completion of designFebruary - May 2022
Board of Selectmen consider M.I. statusJune 2022
Creation of public private partnerships2022
M.I. application to P&ZSeptember 2022
Budget request  & appropriation for constructionFebruary - May 2023
SLAM completion of construction drawingsAugust 2023
Request for proposal (RFP) for constructionSeptember 2023
Commencement of constructionDecember 2023
New rink openingFall 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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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 MemberRepresenting Organization
Bill Drake, ChairmanB.E.T.
Mike BocchinoBoard of Parks and Recreation
Brent Brower Greenwich Skating Club
Liz EckertByram Neighborhood Association
Rich ErnyeDepartment of Parks and Recreation
Nancy LeamyGreenwich Skating School
Gus LindineGreenwich High School Athletics
Rick LohBoard of Parks and Recreation
Nick MacriVeterans - Byram VFW
Keith OrricoCardinal Youth Hockey
Sue SnyderDepartment of Parks and Recreation
Project Management TeamTitle
Alan MonelliSuperintendent of Building Maintenance and Construction
Steve O'HurleyBuilding Maintenance and Construction
Joe SicilianoDirector of Parks and Recreation

First Selectman Approved Committee - Roster (PDF)

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