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Ice Rink at Stotzky Park Could Be Open in a Month

Funding for temporary rink expected to be approved at Tuesday's town board meeting.

According to Riverhead's recreation department head, the town is about a month away from opening up an outdoor hockey ice rink inside the roller hockey rink at .

The effort was , and the Town Board is expected to vote at its on whether or not to spend $5,000 to set up a temporary rink during colder months at the Pulaski Street park.

The rink would only be open at the mercy of the weather. No refrigeration units would be purchased to keep the ice frozen.

Recreation Supervisor Ray Coyne said details still have to be worked out involving potential skate rentals and staffing the rink. And at last Thursday's work session, setting the rink up in Grangebel Park was even considered, so while the rink would be portable - basically consisting of PVC pipe and a plastic sheet to hold frozen water - its exact location is still subject to change.

Coyne said he's already received calls from hockey teams interested in renting out the rink.

He added that at most, the rink would cost his department $7,500. The town does not have to bid out the project since it is expected to be under $10,000.

Meanwhile, the town's Business Improvement District is working toward getting a synthetic skating rink downtown, behind the Riverhead Grill. The BID received a recently to help fund the project.

Councilman George Gabrielsen, the town board's liaison to the Recreation Advisory Committee, said he foresees the synthetic rink more for casual skating, and the town's temporary rink more of a "pond hockey"-type rink.

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