To the Editor:
My name is Leslie Culp, and I am currently the president of the Troy Skating Club. I have been involved with the club for 10 years, ever since my youngest daughter started Snow Plow Sam in the “Skate with Us” program.
As a result of our daughter’s love of the sport of ice skating, our family has spent many hours at Hobart arena skating, serving the Troy skating club and volunteering for it’s many competitions. While a handful of skaters have stayed with the program, we have seen many skaters come and go as a result of the ice being taken down at different times through the year.
While I understand the need to have concerts and other venues at the arena, it is important to remember that we have children involved in a sport that requires using the ice all year long. Being unable to use the ice for extended periods of time is detrimental to their progression as ice skaters.
A second ice surface would allow the skaters, figure and hockey, to practice their sports year-round as most other sports do. It would also allow Troy to host larger ice skating competitions that bring substantial financial benefits to the community while continuing to allow Hobart arena to host venues.
Troy and the surrounding community would greatly benefit from the second surface as well as the upgrades to the arena. The options are numerous as to what we could host with these venues as well as bring in people to the area on a daily basis for practices.
I urge you to consider just how significant a financial impact a second ice venue could make on our community.
— Leslie Culp