Hockey Rink

This week’s question is:

What is your position on whether or not the town should enter into a public-private partnership to rebuild a bigger hockey rink on the high school campus which would result in potentially losing field space and potentially more traffic? Do you think the town should keep ownership of the Skip Viglirolo skating rink and rebuild it in the same footprint when funds are available? Please explain the reason for your position. (Answer in 250 words or less)?

Roy Epstein

The Skip Vigliorolo Rink has served Belmont well but is now in deplorable condition and could fail at any time. As Warrant Committee chairman, I have written that a new rink is a priority. Belmont has a long tradition of excellent interscholastic hockey teams – established over many years by Coach Viglirolo, Coach Muzzioli and now Coach Allard and Coach Murphy. We also have hundreds of kids in Belmont Youth Hockey programs and recreational skaters at all levels.

This is a complicated project. I’ve listened closely to leading Belmont hockey advocates, and I support continued collaboration between the School Department, Recreation Commission, BYH, neighbors near the high school campus, and other interested residents. The proposals made thus far have pluses and minuses. But it is clear that a new rink should be on or near the new high school campus.

There are many open questions, such as: ownership; financing; location; size—rink or rink and a half; preserving field space; parking; traffic; hours; control over ice time; fees; and whether tennis or other indoor sport options should be part of the design.

As Selectman, I will bring proven expertise to solve this problem. A new facility must serve many needs, and will be a wonderful new asset. The DPW and police station renovations — in which I play a critical role — are models for showing how to combine superb design with affordable cost. Belmont will have a new hockey rink!

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