NEWS: Grimsby Ice Rink needs your help!

November 8, 2017

grimsbyrinkThe Grimsby Ice Rink was recently taken over by a community group after the Council had planned to close the facility.  The new owners opened their doors in September and the first two months have been going well.

The rink would like to improve its offer to regular users and visitors with the installation of a cafe, a warm seating area and accessible toilet facilities.

The Aviva Community Fund will provide funding to a number of projects across the UK – however they need your votes to make it happen.  Grimsby Ice Rink have reached the online voting stages and have their page at https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3812.  If you register and vote to give the rink the best possible chance of receiving their funding from Aviva.

Voting closes on November 21.

About the project

Grimsby Ice Rink was due to close for good on the 31st August 2017. The users of the ice rink decided that couldn’t happen and have spent 9 months negotiating a Community Asset Transfer with our local authority NELC.

The ice rink is the only one in all of Lincolnshire and is situated within an area of high deprivation and childhood obesity and to lose such an important and unique sporting facility would be hugely detrimental to the local community.

We have a varied group of users including 100 plus figure skaters, 3 adult Ice Hockey Teams and a Youth Ice Hockey Club. The sports on offer here are suitable for all ages and abilities and we have many disabled users who love the feeling of freedom the ice gives them.

We have been successful in our Asset Transfer and after a month of closure we have opened the doors of this valuable facility under our own management on the 30th September 2017. Now we need to make improvements to ensure the life of the building and the usability of the facility.

The facility has been neglected for a number of years and although we have been able to give a small part of it a lick of paint the overall appearance needs some attention. We want to create a space that feels warm, safe and comfortable as well as accessible to all. The rink itself is housed inside a 1970’s Leisure Centre and as part of our Transfer agreement we have had to separate ourselves physically from the rest of the building. This has resulted in a total loss of disabled facilities. We need to install a disabled toilet which requires a reconfiguration of the toilets that we have. Whilst doing this work a refurbishment of the remaining toilet facilities would need to be carried out.

There are also no catering facilities in any of the 3 leisure buildings around our site and we really want to install a café within our rink. By installing a café we will be able to provide a space to enjoy some refreshments whilst watching the sports taking place on the ice. We are able to move the skate hire desk to create a great space for a small café almost at rink side.

This award will enable us to provide a safe, warm environment for the local community to be able to enjoy unique sports. This award will also enable us to install much needed disabled facilities and allow us reinstate our ever so popular disability sessions. Sessions that for some users is the absolute highlight of their week. This award will help us keep Grimsby Ice Rink open for the community.

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