As another, yet very different season of skating comes to a close, we are reaching out to provide an update on the work to build a new ice arena for the Bath, Brunswick, Freeport, and Topsham region, and to ask your support. We hope that your family and friends found the opportunity to enjoy our outdoor rink this past winter. Or maybe you just enjoyed knowing there was a local place maintained for people to get outdoors and skate. Once again we offered the rink free of charge to the public and more than ever it was embraced as a safe yet fun venue for skating in the midst of this difficult pandemic.
Normally it would be time for our second annual skate-a-thon fundraiser, but not this year. Instead we simply ask all those who see value in a new arena for the youth, and skaters of all ages, in our community to consider a donation in support of our effort. Our 2020 Skate-a-thon raised more than $27,000 in contribution, plus equivalent matching funds, that covered design and permitting costs for the Arena.
We remain on course to build a full size, indoor ice arena and the next big step is to purchase the land and an existing building at the Seacoast campus in Topsham this Spring. This arena will serve as a much needed home for all the skating programs in our region including youth and school hockey programs alongside of figure skating and public recreational skating. While plans are now in progress to raise the full amount needed to build the arena, donations received now will go directly towards the required $100,000 down payment on purchase of the land and existing facilities, the critical next step at this moment.
Thank you for your support and generosity!
-The Midcoast Community Ice Team
keep up with us at midcoastcommunityice.org