Groundbreaking Set for Ice Rinks at Eisenhower

Ferraro Brothers Ice Center - dubbed Twin Rinks - will boast an 85,000-sq. ft. facility at Eisenhower Park.

Editor's Note: This article was written and submitted by Jaime Sumersille.

Twins and former New York Ranger hockey players, the Ferraro brothers, are bringing the ice to East Meadow in the form of a state-of-the-art sports and recreation center.

Located in the center of Eisenhower Park, "the Twin Rinks will be an 85,000 square foot world-class facility with two NHL regulation-sized rinks and one outdoor recreational hockey rink that will host skating lessons, youth player development programs, tournaments and hockey teams for all ages and skill levels," according to the New York Post.

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A turf field, basketball court, a handball wall and rollerblading/stroller path are also part of the project, which is to be completed in four stages.

While the center will be located in a county park, when first mentioned in July 2012, Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said, "the county would spend no money on this project, but enter into a revenue-sharing agreement with the operators to generate additional revenue to help the county hold the line on property taxes."

A groundbreaking is set for later this week.

Chris and Peter Ferraro became the second set of identical twins to play on the same NHL team during the 1995-96 NHL season. The Ferraro brothers grew up in Port Jefferson.
Brent M. January 17, 2013 at 02:33 PM
... and get rid of Dirty Mike and the Boys!!! Why does nt PATIO come and pick up Dirty Mike and THe boys and bring them to GARDEN CITY.. they have nice parks they can sleep in.. who is for that??
patio miller January 17, 2013 at 02:48 PM
So you are saying it wasn't handled well?
Mike January 17, 2013 at 09:50 PM
The Garden City comment was about how you all sound like a bunch of "Rich Snobs"!I heard next they are going to put a tissue dispenser in at the gates of the park. This way you can wipe away all those tears. Your tax dollars can be used for that. FYI I do play Ice Hockey and my kids love ice skating!
Brent M. January 18, 2013 at 12:08 AM
I am not complaining about tax dollars.. I just simply think it should be used at the Coliseum site not Eisenhower.. Im all for a ice skating facility .. just bad location.. and I guess GARDEN CITY people are RICH SNOBS? little stereotypical isnt that?? LOL
Rebecca January 24, 2013 at 06:36 PM
What do you mean, "get it as part of a new Coliseum"? And what do you mean, "failure by the County"? This is being ***Privately*** financed. Feel free to re-read that part as many times as necessary :) And the Twin Rinks folks have nothing to do with the Coliseum. That's Don Monti and Renaissance Downtowns, which has a fantastic nationwide reputation. Oh, and one more thing: Chris Ferraro also played with the Islanders. Thanks!
Rebecca January 24, 2013 at 06:37 PM
@Patio, Eisenhower Park is 930 acres. Building a "green technology" building is not going to reduce the environmental features of the park.
Frank T January 24, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Rebecca, the park is not 930 acres of open fields. More than half of the park is a golf course. Who knows how many acres of blacktop parking fields. There are already many buildings in the park including the pool that is falling apart after 14 years. Guess who is going to pay the bill for that mess? The taxpayers! Green technology is a joke. Building an indoor ice skating rink is not exactly environmentally friendly. Do you realize how much energy that consumes to keep the ice frozen especially during the summer? I doubt solar energy will run those freezers. How about all of the 1,000's of acres of vacant commercial property? Why not build it outside the park?
Frank T January 24, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Rebecca, it's subsidized by us the taxpayers. They are building on public property and are not paying real estate taxes. They may be building the rink with there own money but they did not pay for the land to build on and get a free pass on real estate tax. Great deal for builders, why not open the park to all real estate developers?
patio miller January 24, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I don't think adding pavement & parking lots to Eisenhower to have indoor facilities is park friendly at all. since it is indoors, having it inside and paving over parkland is silly. as has been mentioned here, taking over any of the huge empty sapces would generate much needed revenue for us, the locals. having this TAX FREE inside a county park is not needed, and how many rinks will the county be keeping frozen during the summer, when we have so many power issues to start with? Newbridge Road already has the runk ...why oh why can big money just do this without any resident feedback?
bob fuller March 04, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Unbelievable. If I didn't know skating rinks were being built I'd assume they were building strip clubs from all the whining. Seems to me 1) Eisenhower has plenty of space for the facility 2) do those against have any idea how popular both ice hockey and figure skating have / are becoming in the NY metro / NJ area ? I kinda figured these were healthy outlets people would encourage their children - and adults - to get involved in, but i guess it's nicknamed "East Ghetto" for good reason. 3) Hey Patio, lets be honest, Queens sucks
Frank T March 04, 2013 at 06:39 PM
It's a public park not an industrial commercial park. Did you know that there are several town and private ice skating facilities? Did you know that individuals are not allowed to skate on the pond in Eisenhower park? Did you know that a pool was built in the park recently and it's losing money and falling down? We have enough eyesores on LI we do not need another especially in a park.
bob fuller March 04, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Ok so you obviously hate ice skaters especially when they want to take their devious craft to a park. But to your apples / oranges argument, I don't know about the pool, but I know that just about every town in Long Island has their own, so I am not shocked the Eisenhower pool attendance suffers; I wouldn't go their either when I have one in my town. But there is a shortage of ice facility for the growing interest. Brand new Aviator in Brooklyn, World Ice in Queens, these places are packed and there is still a major shortage by us. These guys are gonna build it right, that i am certain of. The golfers are still gonna have their 5 or 6 courses to play, the bikers will still have plenty of bike trails, still endless softball fields and picnic tables...c'mon man
Frank T March 04, 2013 at 07:31 PM
You know nothing about Nassau by your comments and I do not know why you think an ice skating rink in the park is a good idea unless you have a financial interest in the rink.
patio miller March 04, 2013 at 08:08 PM
wrong and wrong, bob. and Queens is far from sucking. Far from it. Educate yourself. Slurring my town name is not very decent. Whining? not whining, bob. going thru due process, bob, is the right thing to do to give us options. bob. we need the taxes here, bob. and paving over a park bob, is not a good nor healthy idea,bob.
patio miller March 04, 2013 at 08:12 PM
bob fuller we do not have actual bike aths throughout eisenhower, and i dont "hate" ice skaters. I do like fair options and that this faclitiy should be paying MY TOWN taxes. and as for the POOL, it NEEDS 24 MILLION DOLLARS to be fixed. perhpas that could be done ? there are MANY MANY large spaces right in our area for the rinks. many. help yourself. but don't put yet another building and paved parking lots in my park.
paul March 04, 2013 at 11:46 PM
To bob fuller: There are plenty of ice rinks in the area already. Take your pick:::: During the winter months, you can glide along on ice skates at a number of outdoor rinks. At other times, Long Island offers indoor skating rinks for those who can't get enough of this sport in cold weather months. Here's a list of some of the indoor and outdoor options on the Island. Nassau County - Indoor Ice Skating Rinks • Cantiague Park indoor ice rink, 480 West John St. (east of Cantiague Rock Road), Hicksville, (516) 571-7056 •Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Road, Freeport, (516) 377-2314 •Hot Skates, 14 Merrick Road, Lynbrook, (516) 593-1300 •Iceland, 3345 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, (516) 746-1100 • Iceworks, 175 Underhill Boulevard, Syosset, (516) 496-2277 •Long Beach Ice Arena, 150 W. Bay Drive, Long Beach, (516) 208-6136 •Parkwood Sports Complex, 65 Arrandale Avenue, Great Neck, (516) 487-2975 •Port Washington Skating Center, 70 Seaview Boulevard, Port Washington, (516) 484-6800
paul March 04, 2013 at 11:47 PM
(cont) Nassau County - Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks • Bethpage Community Park Ice Rink, 1 Stewart Avenue (at Cherry Avenue), Bethpage, (516) 433-7465 • Christopher Morley Park Ice Rink, 500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn, (516) 571-8113 •Dix Hills Indoor Skating Rink, 575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills (631) 462-5883 • Grant Park, Broadway and Sheridan Avenue, Hewlett, (516) 571-7821 •Marjorie R. Post-Massapequa Community Park, Unqua and Merrick Road, (516) 797-7990 •Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Purnpike, Woodbury, (516) 677-5990 Suffolk County Ice Skating Rinks •The Arches at Tanger Outlet, 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park, (631) 242-0239 •The Rinx, 660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, (631) 232-3222 •The Rinx at Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson Village Center, (631) 403-4357 • Superior Ice Rink, 270 Indian Head Road, Kings Park, (631) 269-3900 •The Winter Club, 486 West Main Street, Huntington, (631) 421-3889 *****
Rebecca March 05, 2013 at 04:40 AM
I think Frank and Patio are the ones who don't know... The Aquatic Center was a publicly funded rush job for the 1998 Goodwill Games. These rinks are PRIVATELY FUNDED. BIG difference. And in case anyone forgets, ice skating is a recreational activity that suits a park pretty well.
Rebecca March 05, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Number one, these are all TOWN facilities. Number two, these are all ice skating only - not the league and team setup that some very knowledgeable major league hockey players are going to build right in our own backyard. Sheesh, some people will thumb their nose at anything...
Rebecca March 05, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Oh yes, you are indeed whining. To cite a publicly funded aquatic center is completely irrelevant. As is the lack of ability to skate on the pond - which would be a pretty stupid thing to do. Have you *seen* the plan? I think not. Unless, Frank, you can tell us where you saw the plan - I'll give you a hint, it was displayed at a public forum - you're making things up for the sake of complaining. Or as the case may be: whining.
paul March 05, 2013 at 04:52 AM
They are certainly NOT all county rinks.... Iceland, Hot Skates etc....
Frank T March 05, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Rebecca and Bob you still don't get it. The land that the ice rink is built on is County owned. The builder is getting the property for free and is also getting tax breaks. Once the rink proves unprofitable the owners walk away and we get stuck with another dilapidated building just like the Coliseum and pool. And what's so bad about skating on a pond. We used to do that as kids and had great times skating and playing hockey all day at the park.
patio miller March 05, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Disagreeing when something will impact my twon and my everday life is not "whining" and the POOL needs 24 million, Rebecca, where do YOU see this money coming from? How is it not connected? we leave it to rot, and build on? so much infrastructure to be fixed already inside this park- and i truly dont want to pave over any more of this land. The tax payers of east meadow are the ones who will foot the bill as they have for every other tax free structure. our blight our potholed roads, it's sad and for all the tax increases we have gotten AND the many more fees for running a small business, WHY should we allow our tax free park to be given away to already wealthy businessmen? why can't they augment the community and take over a space and beautify and build the most amazing rinks ever? that would be beneficial. those much needed taxes would be put to the local people. to classify us in negative terms because we did not want to PAY FOR a commercially contructed arena is ridiculous. to call me a "whiner" because i disagree with the PARK being used without our input in a commercail endeavor is childish. this was a done deal and no matter how the plans were revealed it was already decided upon.
Brent M. March 05, 2013 at 02:25 PM
How come we cant put that money into fixing up the aging Coliseum??
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:03 PM
You're an asshole
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Why two retired NHLers fix a pool?
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Frank and patio are losers. Find something else to do. Patio, you can hold my table and chairs and I will have parties on you. Haha
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM
No this has nothing to do with the islanders and is in no way being funded by them. I hope they leave and Garth snow jumps off a bridge.
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:29 PM
If you are against this, you don't know all the facts. You people don't realize that the "several other rinks in the area"(dumb asshole Paul) are all run down and the owners are only in it for the money. The guys who own FBIC are genuinely nice guys who have children of their own who have only decent hockey for Long Island kids in mind. The Rinx is run by money hungry losers, superior needs to be knocked down and rebuilt, IceWorks is garbage and is run by the Islanders GM Garth Snow which is embarrassing. I could go on and on. Why wouldn't anyone want a brand new state of the art ice hockey facility run by two guys who played in the pros and live and love hockey? They have teamed up with Ed Mangano who also genuinely supports their cause. The Ferraros' along side of the Friedman's will build it and it will blow everyone's minds. You'll all see. I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy it, even you people who are so strongly against it. But I do strongly suggest you get a new hobby(maybe hockey). #YEAHHOCKEY #SUCKITHATERS


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