Rink Decides Against Summer Ice
The Board of Directors of Hunter Park have decided not to make ice this summer. The decision means all summer ice programs, including Camp Freeze, will be cancelled. “The demand just wasn’t there”, said Stephen Murphy, Hunter Park’s interim executive director. “Many winter customers are involved in summer activities and the low numbers make the economics challenging.” Murphy also said that most of the hockey instructional camps, who rent ice time at Riley Rink, were also reporting low numbers in their enrollment.
Hunter Park will still host a variety of events and athletic programming this summer. The Vermont Symphony Orchestra returns for a rain-or-shine concert on July 2. Four on the Forth, the annual 4K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Run return on July 4. The Summertime Antique Show will be held July 12. Hunter Park is also launching youth street hockey, flag football and ultimate Frisbee leagues this summer. Visit rileyrink.com for details.
“This is a critical time for Hunter Park,” said board president Adria Schozer. “We need the community’s support and involvement. Donations to our annual fund can be made online – and we’re always looking for volunteers.” Call Murphy at 802-362-0150 to get involved.