(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Thursday announced the City will partner with United Way of Broome County to hold an ice skate and helmet drive following the opening of the new ice rink at Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park on the North Side last month.
The City will also provide $2,200 to the United Way of Broome County for the purchase of approximately 40 pairs of ice skates and 40 helmets for Binghamton children.
“The new ice rink at Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park has quickly become a favorite destination for local families since it opened last month,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “While the rink is free to use, many families can’t afford to purchase new ice skates or safety gear. The challenges of COVID-19 have made it more important than ever that our recreational opportunities are truly accessible to all residents. In addition to providing funding for the purchase of new skates and helmets, we’re also asking residents who own gear they no longer use to consider donating it so more families can enjoy the new rink.”
Residents can drop off ice skates, helmets and other safety gear at the Lee Barta Community Center at 108 Liberty St. in Binghamton from Monday, Feb. 8 through Friday, Feb. 12.
United Way of Broome County is also accepting monetary donations for the purchase of additional ice skates and safety gear.
To make a donation, visit www.uwbroome.org/donate. Make sure to note in the donation form that you wish the funds to go toward the ice skating program.
“United Way of Broome County is pleased to collaborate with the City of Binghamton on this initiative,” said LoriAnne Welch, Executive Director of United Way of Broome County. “ The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic has touched every person in every community. We look forward to having a small part in creating community connections and a sense of normalcy for our youth. Enjoying the winter weather, spending quality time outdoors, and ensuring physical activity is what it is all about.”
Residents must be income-eligible and live in the City of Binghamton to receive skates. Those in need of skates should contact the Lee Barta Community Center at (607) 238-1005.
Mayor David said the City will consider providing additional funding for the purchase of more ice skates and gear to meet demand, if necessary.
The City of Binghamton opened the ice rink at Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park in late December after years of North Side residents asking for the return of free ice skating at the park.
The portable rink is a modular design, meaning it can be expanded in future years to meet demand.
Skating hours at the Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park ice rink are:
- Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday - Saturday: 8: a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Residents must bring their own skates, and children under 12 must be supervised by an adult.
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