Hamill Rink Will Soon Have Ice, and Sound Better, Thanks to Gift from GAF

On Tuesday, workers from Soundworks Inc installed a new sound system at Dorothy Hamill Rink in Byram. The sound system was a gift from the Greenwich Athletic Foundation. Photo: Leslie Yager

On Tuesday, workers from Soundworks Inc installed a new sound system at Dorothy Hamill Rink in Byram. The sound system was a gift from the Greenwich Athletic Foundation. Photo: Leslie Yager

On Tuesday, workers from Soundworks Inc, installed a new sound system in the rafters at Dorothy Hamill Rink in Byram.

The sound system, a gift from the Greenwich Athletic Foundation, was long in the making, but only a small window of time to be installed.

This is “transition week” when the rink switches from from turf to ice.

According to rink manager Rich Ernye, there was a lacrosse camp using the turf as recently as this past weekend. The camp ended at 2:30pm on Sunday. By 4:00pm, the rink staff started rolling up sections of turf, and, using a skid steer loader, set about removing 16 massive pieces of turf to put into storage.

“Environmental Engineering will send an engineer who is familiar with the process and do start-up testing and by Friday afternoon we will have the compressors on, to pull out the radiant heat and get it down to 20° by Monday,” Mr. Ernye said.

Original markings on Hamill rink painted on the concrete slab back in the 1970s. Photo: Leslie Yager

On August 26 the staff will get to work painting the ice.

“We make 1/4″ to 1/3″ ice, and then put three coats of white paint on it,” Ernye said, adding that next they paint on the goal creases, face off circles and dots, which are blue and red.

“We measure out precidely the dots, circles and goal creases,” Ernye said.


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Once the turf was removed, the worn off painted concrete, dating back to the 1970s was visible.

The rink will be open for private users the day after Labor Day, Sept. 5. From there, the rink will commence public sessions on the weekend of Sept 16-17. The rink will operate on its full schedule the week of Columbus Day.

As for the new sound system, Mr. Ernye was delighted. “This is something needed and much appreciated,” he said.

New sound system installed at Hamill Rink courtesy of the Greenwich Athletic Foundation Photo: Leslie Yager

New sound system installed at Hamill Rink courtesy of the Greenwich Athletic Foundation Photo: Leslie Yager

Creation of the Greenwich Athletic Foundation, who donated the new sound system, is the result of a grassroots movement prompted by the deterioration of the Town’s athletic facilities.

The sound system at Hamill Rink is a good example, as it will benefit the GHS boys and girls ice hockey teams and will also benefit groups including the Greenwich Skating Club, Greenwich Blues, figure skating programs and General Skate.

Original Hamill Rink in a black and white photo on display in the rink today.

An early incarnation of Hamill Rink after a roof was added to the open air rink.

“The Dorothy Hamill rink is a valuable facility in our town that serves as a fun and safe place for our residents to learn to skate, practice and socialize,” said Lee Milazzo of the Greenwich Athletic Foundation.

Milazzo said his  two sons learned to skate at Hamill Rink and now play hockey at the rink on a regular basis.

“With the help of the Greenwich Athletic Foundation and generous residents, we have been able to make our dream of installing a state of the art audio system a reality,” Milazzo said. “I am looking forward to hearing our National Anthem played for the first time in rink this season!”

New sound system features two speaker installed in the rafters at Hamill Rink. Photo: Leslie Yager

New sound system features two speaker installed in the rafters at Hamill Rink. Photo: Leslie Yager

The original markings for the ice were painted onto the concrete slab at Hamill Rink back in the 1970s. Photo: Leslie Yager

Rink Manager Rich Ernye pointed out the original markings for the ice rink which were painted onto the concrete slab back in the 1970s. Aug 14, 2017. Photo: Leslie Yager

The 16 rolls of turf are brought in on the Bobcat skid steer. They weigh anywhere between 1,200 and 2,000 lbs each, April 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

The 16 rolls of turf were brought in on the Bobcat skid steer. They weigh anywhere between 1,200 and 2,000 lbs each, April 2015. Credit: Leslie Yager

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Spools of turf being unrolled in April 2015 at Hamill Rink in Byram. Photo: Leslie Yager

 

See also:

Defrosting Greenwich’s Hamill Rink, Unfurling the Turf (April 2015)


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