Dozens of hockey players of all ages, clad in colorful jerseys, flooded City Hall on Thursday to show support for the proposed reconstruction and expansion of the roller hockey rink at Ralph Foy Park.
The Community Sports Foundation, which runs the rink’s hockey and skating programs, has proposed converting the outdoor rink to an indoor two-rink, semi-permanent structure, citing a host of benefits. These include improving player safety, simplifying rink maintenance, eliminating weather challenges and allowing the organization to expand and host tournaments.
Frank Dalessandro, executive director of the foundation, told the Park, Recreation and Community Services Board Thursday that the rink is old and breaking down, yet the program is “bursting.”
“Our youth program is just growing like crazy — we’re running out of room on where to put these kids,” he said over the phone Friday.
In a unanimous vote, the board on Thursday asked for further study on the logistics and practicality of the project from city officials, who felt the project would take away a large amount of open space at the “already congested park,” according to a city report.