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Ice rink's future is uncertain

September 26, 2007

The Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex is a 40,500-square-foot facility owned by the City of Hagerstown and operated by the Washington County Sports Foundation Inc., a private, nonprofit corporation.

The ice and sports complex has a National Hockey League-size rink on nine acres in Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park at 580 Security Road.

Activities include adult and youth hockey, freestyle skating and public ice skating.

Those interested in learning to skate can do so in classes at the rink.

The complex has an arcade, snack bar and decorated rooms for parties or private meetings.

The complex closed temporarily in August when the Washington County Sports Foundation Inc., the private, nonprofit corporation that had managed the skating complex for 10 years, backed out because the facility was having a hard time generating revenue.

The Hagerstown Youth Hockey Association agreed to take over operations until Oct. 1, said Lewie Thomas, Hagerstown's recreation facilities coordinator.

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The facility's future is unclear after that.

Admission ranges from $3.50 to $8 depending on time of day and event.

For information, call 301-766-9122 or go to www.hagerstownice.org.

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