ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The ice rink that was once at Main Street Arena in downtown Charlottesville is officially being re-built in the new Brookhill development off of Route 29.
Thanks to the nonprofit Friends of Charlottesville Ice Park, the new Cville Ice will be complete in May 2020.
"The ice park is being built by the community of Charlottesville for the community of Charlottesville,” said Jim Veale, board member of the nonprofit.
He said the ice-loving community has raised more than $1 to make this happen.
"So far we have, between cash, equipment, and land, we've raised about one and a half million dollars,” said Veale. “Our goal is to raise $4 million and we want to raise another million before we break ground."
Jill Grant, fundraiser and publicist for the organization, said the construction of the park has been a group effort.
"We've been reaching out to the communities like the curling community, the figure skating community and the ice hockey community,” said Grant, “but also what's been great is that so many of the local philanthropists and businesspeople have been stepping up and wanting to be part of this."
They reached out to the president of Riverbend Development, Alan Taylor, who thought it was a great idea to add the park to the apartment complexes, homes, stores, and restaurants that will become Brookhill.
"In this crazy world of retail these days, we thought it was one of those things we can't replicate with a smartphone, and community asset,” said Taylor. “Unfortunately, it was going away from the Downtown Mall and we figured this would be a good way to save it. Local business leaders coming together to save something for the overall community.”
The new football-sized rink is expected to have even more programs, hockey teams, and space for people to enjoy the ice.
To donate, contact Jill Grant at email@example.com.