$375,000 donated for ice rink

July 09, 1997


Staff Writer

A $375,000 donation from an unidentified contributor has brought ice rink officials close to raising their $1.1 million share for the $2.3 million rink at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds, city officials said Tuesday.

The name of the contributor will be announced at a 10 a.m. press conference on Thursday at the rink off Security Road, officials said.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he was impressed that Washington County Sports Foundation officials were able to raise within six months most of the $1,092,537 they have so far for their share of the rink's cost. The nonprofit foundation will operate the rink.


"Quite candidly, I never thought they'd come in with this money," Metzner said.

City Council members were shown a video of the rink, which is expected to open on Aug. 15.

City Finance Director Al Martin said, "It's very impressive to see just how far the project has come."

During a special meeting before their afternoon work session, council members unanimously approved releasing another $280,000 in taxpayer money to go toward the rink's construction costs.

City officials have released $960,000 of the city's $1.2 million share in the project.

The $1.2 million is to be repaid to the city with interest over a maximum of 15 years through monthly rental payments by the foundation.

The Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex will include a National Hockey League-size rink, bleachers, a pro shop, concession stands, an office, a rental equipment area and a community room.

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