Hobart Arena welcomes back walkers

Rec board approves junior hockey increases

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com

TROY — Hobart Arena opened its doors to welcome back its walkers this week.

Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler reported the construction around the former main entrance to the arena is still ongoing, yet the area is now passable, allowing walkers to enjoy their indoor exercise this winter. The corridors of the arena were open to walkers last Monday.

There is no walking during public skating sessions or events. Visit the Hobart Arena’s website to view the No Walking Schedule online. Walkers may enter the arena at the south lobby.

Siler reported a new event has been added to the arena’s schedule. On May 19, Declare Troy, a worship community, will host its fourth annual “Declare Troy” event at the Hobart Arena. The worship service will held beginning at 7 p.m. and will include several local church organizations from the area.

In other news, the board approved to increase the junior hockey registration fees for all programs except for its in-house program Mites and Bantam and the Travel Squirt team.

The junior hockey registration fee increased $40 for the House Squirt league, $50 for the House Peewee league, $10 for Travel Peewee and $20 for Travel Midget leagues. The initiation program fee was also increased by $20 from $130 to $150 for next season. Registration for the leagues is tentatively set to begin May 1. Travel leagues for Squirt, Peewee and Midget divisions may also be offered depending on the number of participants.

Siler said the fee increases were to generate an estimated $1,870 in additional revenue to help with the cost of referees, the increase in the number of games and league fees. The recreation department did not increase fees for the junior hockey league last year due to the arena renovation project. The fees range from $540 for House Mite to $845 for Travel Midget leagues.

The fees also covered the slight increase of ice time from 353 hours to 360 hours for the program. Siler said the arena charges $185 per hour for outside organizations for ice time. The junior hockey league will pay approximately $144 per hour for its ice time next season.

Assistant director Carrie Slater reported 103 Troy Aquatic Park passes have been sold to date. The pool will be deep cleaned and filled the first week of May. Opening day is set for May 27.

Summer registration is moving forward with registration information to be presented to the school the first week of April. The department is currently taking registrations for indoor soccer and girls softball programs. Paper registration is required for the department’s free programs including Be A Better Biker Camp, Playground, Safe-T-Town and Crime Scene Camp.

President Marty Hobart and board member Doug Jackson were not present at the Troy Recreation Board meeting.

For more information about upcoming events or to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, visit www.hobartarena.com. For more information about the Troy Aquatic Park or to buy a season pass, visit www.troypool.com.

Rec board approves junior hockey increases

By Melanie Yingst