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Rye Brook Seeks More Information On Proposed Ice Rink

The public hearing for the proposed four-sheet ice rink in Rye Brook, continues March 12.
The public hearing for the proposed four-sheet ice rink in Rye Brook, continues March 12. Photo Credit: Village of Rye Brook

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Residents can have their say about a proposed skating rink at Reckson Executive Park in Rye Brook before the Village Board on March 12 as the board continues to collect information.

The board is waiting for information from applicant Reckson Operating Partnership L.P. about how traffic would flow at the 1100 King St. site, and other issues including construction and zoning.

Reckson had previously asked for the hearing to be closed until the board’s next meeting Feb. 26, but Rye Brook Mayor Joan Feinstein felt more time was needed for information to be gathered and reviewed.

Feinstein also said the village Zoning Board would review the proposed rink at its March 5 meeting before it comes back to the Village Board on March 12 for further analysis and review.

“I just want everyone to know this is a long process,” she said.

Although the public hearing was scheduled to be continued until a later date, Feinstein gave the public and applicant an opportunity to speak. Feinstein said the people who came out for the hearing deserved a chance to speak and cited a miscommunication about whether a hearing would actually be held Tuesday.

William Null, an attorney representing Reckson, said the information the board was looking for could be obtained.

“We look forward to to coming before you with the info and making a presentation before the board,” said Null.

The 140,000-square-foot recreation center would be built on the site of a 280,000-square-foot office building within a previously approved site plan for 1,052 parking spaces in the corporate park.

The facility would include four rinks, locker rooms, space for a Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine, a heated mezzanine with bleacher seating for 1,230 and an open seating area for another 320.

Tournaments would be held eight weekends a year along with regular high school and college hockey games at the year-round rink. Another key focus would be teaching children and young adults how to skate and play hockey, according to Null.

Rye Brook resident and former hockey parent Dick Hubert, who resides in Doral Greens, said he does not see the logic in building an ice rink near houses.

“Putting a mega-rink in an industrial park within a residential community is the wrong way to do it,” he said.

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