DOVER-FOXCROFT – After almost a year of planning, the Piscataquis County Ice Arena is becoming a reality.
Stemming from a partnership between the Libra Foundation and Foxcroft Academy, the ice arena project is the first of its kind in the area.
“We’ve done this all over the state of Maine. We tap into the natural resource and the needs of the community. This is a component of a community redevelopment project,” said Jere Michelson, president of the Libra Foundation.
Michelson said the multi-million dollar building is set to be completed by the end of the summer and is expected to be ready to go in time for next hockey season.
Foxcroft Academy’s headmaster said this new facility will help bring the winter sport back to the region.
“But there will be a co-op agreement where we’ll partner with schools to build a team with both boys and girls, so we’re very excited,” Headmaster Arnold Shorey said.
Aside from hockey, organizers plan to house other winter sports within the building, like curling and figure skating. Since it is an indoor facility, it can be used all year long.
“Maybe ice hockey camp, there are a lot of camps we can sponsor. We have the dormitories, so the possibilities are limitless,” Shorey said.
“What we also did was we built the building such that in the summertime, we can host other events. We can bring in a car show or boat show, we could host any kind of activity in the summertime,” he said.
Shorey said the facility will not only be used by Foxcroft Academy but by the entire county. The hope is that it will help boost the local economy and provide a way to give back to the people of the region who have thrown their support behind the project.