The Rockaway Rockies are getting a new rink.
The roller hockey rink, on Beach 109th Street and Shore Front Parkway, will be reconstructed this fall thanks to $600,000 in capital funding secured by Councilmember Eric Ulrich.
“This will be a state-of-the-art recreational space and is just the latest investment in our commitment to rebuilding a strong, more resilient Rockaway,” Ulrich said.
The space will get a new asphalt rink surface, new dasher boards and fencing. It will also feature a new scorer box, lighting and electrical conduits for the first time. New benches, pathways and drinking fountains will be installed around the rink.
The Rockaway Rockies Hockey League had a part in the design process and will be a close consultant for the project moving forward.
“The Rockies are extremely excited that the renovation of the hockey rink is finally happening,” said Bobby Keane, Rockies League board member. “This was a long process and after numerous meetings with the Parks Department and councilman’s office, we are happy to see that our ideas will be incorporated into the final design.”
Keane added this project will allow the league to expand its program and host evening tournaments.
“I am looking forward to dropping the first puck,” Ulrich said.