The Buffalo Pond Hockey Committee is getting off to an early start this season. Last evening some of the committee members met up at The Eights Bistro to discuss a plan of action before the snow flies. The committee has reached out to Councilman LoCurto to discuss the potential of getting ice skating on Gala Waters (Hoyt Lake) this winter. Unfortunately by the time the committee was formed last season, there was not much of a season left. The group is looking to pinpoint the proper officials who will be able (and willing) to the test ice conditions on an ongoing basis. In the meantime, the committee is looking to garner public support for the initiative. Please ‘like’ the group on Facebook and keep up with the latest news. If you’re not familiar with the initiative, here’s the background.
The committee is also looking to possibly build a rink or two in the city, so that there are plenty of outdoor hockey options in case the Gala Waters option doesn’t come to pass – also, the lake isn’t usually skate-able until February. The ECHDC and Buffalo Place are researching what it would take to build and operate a rink or two at Canalside for this year only – next year the new canal is scheduled to open, which will second as an incredible skating venue.
Last year the Olmsted Conservancy built a small rink at the Parkside Lodge that accommodated the pond hockey committee throughout most of February and part March. The committee is looking at that location again, but they are also looking at other locations that could provide a bigger ice surface.
The skaters have designed a logo, have researched policies in other cities and are hoping to present their case to Common Council in coming weeks. If you would like to support the cause, be sure to visit the Facebook page and get in on the action.