There’s a relatively new non-profit organization in Northfield called Ice Now “promoting the need for a new, multi-sheet, multi-purpose, skating facility.”
Many of the recent letters to the editor in the Northfield News have been about the proposed facility.
- Should a new arena serve many sports, not just hockey, like Richard Goerwitz suggests?
- Is there a “tone of entitlement” among the hockey boosters and a lack of facilities planning by the city as Randy Jennings contends?
- Would a new ice arena become a center of “social, commercial and recreational activity” for the community as Michael O’Donnell envisions?
I didn’t like it that the City of Northfield made a decision last year to construct a $3 million dollar outdoor pool (a single use recreational facility for only 3 months of the year) with virtually no public debate or consideration of the overall community recreation needs.
I’ve not made up my mind on the skating facility, but it seems like a good time to have an online discussion about it. And then maybe in a week or so I’ll put up a straw poll on the issue.
8:30 am update: scade pointed out in a comment below that Letters to the Editor in the Northfield News are NOT accessible to non-subscribers. This is true if one navigates through their website. But I’ve provided links above that do allow for direct access. I hope they won’t mind since A) I’m trying to foster discussion on an important civic issue; and B) if they really want to block access, then my providing the URLs should not work anyway.