Queens is set to drop the puck on a new roller hockey rink in the Rockaways. Construction to revamp an old rink that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy will begin this fall thanks to a $600,000 contribution by City Councilman Eric Ulrich. The new rink will feature an asphalt surface and lighting for night play along with new drinking fountains and seating.
Image © Matic Klansek
The reconstruction of the old rink, which is located at Beach 109th Street & Shore Front Parkway, was delayed because of Sandy. The design of the new rink was finalized with input from local residents and hockey players from the Rockaway Rockies roller hockey league.
An in-depth 2011 profile of the old rink in The New York Times highlights its strong blue-collar hockey roots. “They move on wheels instead of blades. Their rink is a strip of asphalt painted blue. And their pastime — roller hockey — is finding a new popularity in Rockaway, one of many places around New York City where a quarter-century ago it was an indispensable street game, like stickball and handball.”
“This will be a state-of-the-art recreational space and is just the latest investment in our commitment to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient Rockaway,” said Ulrich.
Lead image via NYC Parks