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Tonawanda Town Board studying cost of building a new ice rink

A month after hundreds of ice hockey coaches, parents and players lobbied the Town of Tonawanda to build a new arena, the Town Board took a first step on Monday, agreeing to spend $23,000 for a feasibility study.

Councilman Daniel Crangle said a town committee received 37 proposals from consultants, interviewed four finalists and recommended the town hire Ballard King and Associates, of Colorado, which has experience consulting on 40 ice arenas and 700 recreational facilities across the country.

The town currently has two indoor ice rinks at Lincoln and Brighton parks, but both are more than 50 years old.

Crangle has previously suggested that building a new single-rink arena at Brighton Park seems the most likely option because of its proximity to I-290, which will allow the town to sell the naming rights in the highly visible area.

"This is just the first step toward a possible rink," said Crangle of the feasibility study.

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