7 years after plans announced for new Lincoln ice rink, project is finally being built

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — Seven years after $7 million was donated for a new ice skating rink in Lincoln, the project is finally getting started.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1ww9Dq0 ) city officials and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln broke ground on the project near the Haymarket Park baseball stadium Saturday.

The $11 million ice rink that former state auditor John Breslow donated money for will be shared by UNL and the city.

"I think this is something all of us should be proud of," Breslow said. "This is going to be a really cool addition to Lincoln and the state of Nebraska."

The project was delayed while university and city officials focused on finishing the Pinnacle Bank arena for basketball and events.

The rink will be used for recreational skating and UNL intramural sports. It will have a professional-size sheet of ice and 700 seats.

Every month, the ice center will offer at least 16 hours of open skating. Hockey and figure skating clubs from the community will be able to rent at least 50 percent of the hours.

"I know this is going to have an enormous, positive impact," Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler said.

Breslow announced his $7 million donation in 2007. His family owned Linweld for more than 60 years before selling the business in 2006. The company manufactures and distributes medical, specialty and industrial gases and welding supplies.

He was state auditor from 1991 to 1999, but now lives in Las Vegas and Phoenix. Breslow once owned a small stake in the Phoenix Coyotes hockey franchise, which made him more aware of the need for skating rinks to practice on.

The new hockey center should be completed by next fall.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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