Orono hockey programs push for arena upgrades

Winter may be behind us and hockey season might be over, but things are still very much in motion at the Orono Ice Arena.

Members of the Orono Youth Hockey Association and other members of the Orono hockey community are pushing for a three-phase renovation of the somewhat dated arena.

The arena was built in the late 90s with the help of private loans and donations. However, according to Orono Youth Hockey Association President Pete Eckerline, there wasn’t much money left to go into a “rainy day fund” for ongoing maintenance following the building’s completion.

“Some things in the arena are just in disrepair,” Eckerline said.

The first phase of the renovations is scheduled to begin on May 18 and will focus on shrinking the Olympic size rink down to the more widely used NHL size rink.

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