December 6, 2013
Contact: Beth Nordlund, 907-350-9482
NEW MULCAHY ICE RINKS ARE CUTTING EDGE
Hockey Fans and Community Partners Team Up
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Saturday, December 7, 2013 Noon – Buoyed by hundreds of volunteer hours, the Anchorage Park Foundation and Scotty Gomez Foundation joined forces this summer to completely rebuild the two Mulcahy ice rinks at the Chester Creek Sullivan Arena (16th Ave and Eagle Street).
Built over 30 years ago, the two ice rinks had fallen into disrepair. Kids had stopped skating there. This upset Carlos Gomez, President of the Scotty Gomez Foundation and father of local hockey legend Scotty Gomez. He recognized the ice rinks needed to be completely rebuilt and set out to make that vision a reality. “It’s all for the kids–the fun part is when you see the kids. I have been where they are, and that’s why I’m here,” said Gomez.
The Anchorage Park Foundation and Scotty Gomez Foundation partnered to leverage additional funding from Rasmuson Foundation. Thanks to Senator Ellis’ help, the Alaska State Legislature also contributed, raising the project total to $400,000. It’s a model of a successful private/public partnership. As one of the construction volunteers, a member of the local Ironworkers Union, said, “We always like working with Carlos and the Scotty Gomez Foundation and Anchorage Parks Foundation to make our community a better place to live. Our apprentices learn from the experience, and we all benefit.”
Bring your kids and your skates and join us for hot chocolate at the Mulcahy Ice Rinks on Saturday, December 7 at noon for a celebratory ribbon cutting in honor of this amazing community partnership.
The Anchorage Park Foundation mobilizes public support and financial resources for
Anchorage parks, trails, and recreation opportunities.
Twitter: @AnchorageParks Facebook: fb.com/AnchorageParkFoundation
The Scotty Gomez Foundation is dedicated to providing programs and assistance
for youth hockey in Alaska.