The Township of Grosse Ile is pleased to announce the Opening of the All Season Ice/In-Line Skating Rink. This project has been in various stages of planning for nearly 5 Years. Thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers, we are now at a point where this project is a reality. A special thank you to the Grosse Ile Township Board, the Grosse Ile Community Recreation Commission, the Michael Horton Group, the Grosse Ile Hockey Association, the numerous rink sponsors, Retired Recreation Director Tim Rooney, and Rink Volunteer Karl Moehr is being extended from the Rink Committee.
In 2010 the Grosse Ile Recreation Department and Community Recreation Commission authorized the installation of an ice rink in the Water’s Edge parking lot. In 2011 the rink was placed on the outdoor basketball court. However, the installation and maintenance of the seasonal structure proved to be extremely difficult and not cost effective. The Community demand for a rink continued to grow stressing the need and desire for a permanent all-season rink. Of course, the challenge facing the Community was funding.
In 2012 the Township was fortunate to receive $50,000 from Wayne County Parks for a multi-purpose pad. From this funding a 145 ft. by 65 ft. concrete pad was installed. Remaining funding has been provided by the Township Board, the Michael Horton Group, and the GI Hockey Association. Major fundraising efforts in memory of Grosse Ile High School student Michael Horton occurred when the Class of 2010 raised nearly $10,000. In addition, the Recreation Department hosted a Golf Outing on behalf of the Michael Horton Group and the GI Hockey Association. Through all of these efforts nearly $54,000 has been raised.
In the Fall of 2014 the rink boards were installed using budgeted funds and when the Township Board provided the remaining funds needed to install the boards with the caveat that additional fundraising will occur to replenish the shortfall in the rink fund. The existing shortfall is $38,000. In addition to the structure cost, additional maintenance funds will be necessary. Future fundraisers are in the planning stages.
Again, the Rink Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank the Grosse Ile Township Board, the Grosse Ile Community Recreation Commission, the Michael Horton Group, the Grosse Ile Hockey Association, and all the Rink Sponsors.