Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink to Undergo $1.3M Renovation
WHEELING — The Wheeling Park Commission will announce plans next month on a $1.3 million renovation that will transform Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink into a state-of-the-art ice complex and multipurpose community facility.
There will be a “Skate Down Memory Lane” celebration Monday, March 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Ice Rink to announce details of the renovation project and to honor the history of the complex and its impact on the Upper Ohio Valley.
The community farewell celebration for kids and adults will include appearances by Spike and the Wheeling Nailers, entertainment, prize giveaways, half-price hot dogs and more.
Work on the project is expected to begin in the spring and the facility is slated to reopen in fall 2020. More information on the renovations and sketches of the plans will be available at the celebration event.
“Over its 58-year history, the ice rink has meant so much to so many people,” Wheeling Park Commission President and CEO David Lindelow said.
“Before renovations begin, it’s important to celebrate the significance of this beloved facility and the impact it’s had on so many individuals throughout our community.”
Built in 1962, Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink has played host to countless events throughout the decades from hockey tournaments and figure skating classes to teen dances. Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink is the only public ice facility in the Upper Ohio Valley, serving children and adults from Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and the Northern Panhandle.
“Wheeling Park’s Memorial Ice Rink plays an important role in our community,” Wheeling Park Manager Nat Goudy said. “It’s home to 600 Wheeling Amateur Hockey players, 125 Wheeling Skate Club members, six hockey teams from five area schools, and more than 20,000 recreational ice skaters each year.”
All admissions collected at the gate will support the Oglebay Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Pay-what-you-wish admission will be available to all guests, with the minimum suggested donation being $5 per person.
“‘Skate Down Memory Lane’ will serve as the official kick off to the Oglebay Foundation’s fundraising efforts to support a $1.3 million-dollar renovation,” Oglebay Foundation President and CEO Eriks Janelsins said. “Financial support from community members is vital to ensuring the complex is ready to welcome skaters in fall 2020.”
Wheeling Park, Oglebay’s sister park, is a 406-acre property located on National Road in Wheeling. More information on the park and ice rink can be found at www.oglebay.com/wheeling-park.