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Ground to be broken for skating rinks at Eisenhower Park

East Meadow is named for its location, according

East Meadow is named for its location, according to the hamlet's Chamber of Commerce website. In 1655, Thomas Langdon reported at the Hempstead Town meeting that he surveyed the "East Meadow" and found it suitable for the grazing and watering of cattle. (March 12, 2012) Credit: Nicole Bartoline

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is among those slated to break ground today on a new $15 million state-of-the-art sports and recreation center in Eisenhower Park that will also serve as home to at least two youth hockey organizations — the Long Island Gulls Amateur Hockey Association and the New York Junior Bobcats.

The Ferraro Brothers Ice Center at Twin Rinks, which is to be built without taxpayer dollars, is expected to create nearly 20 new jobs and generate an estimated $35 million in economic benefit for the local economy over the first five years of operation.

“This new ... center is an exciting component of the Hub that will create jobs, complement Nassau’s sports-entertainment tourism plan and provide youth athletes access to world-class skating facilities,” Mangano said in a statement. “I am delighted that Nassau County is able to partner with Chris and Peter Ferraro to bring this outstanding facility here.”

The company behind Twin Rinks is comprised of former New York Rangers Chris and Peter Ferraro of Ferraro Brothers Hockey, as well as Joel and Ronald Friedman. Chris Ferraro also played for the Islanders.

To be completed in four stages, Twin Rinks will include Ferraro Brothers Ice Center, an 85,000-square-foot world-class facility with two NHL regulation-sized rinks and one outdoor recreational rink for skating lessons, youth player development programs, tournaments, and hockey teams for all ages and skill levels.

There will also be a full-size turf field with soccer and lacrosse lines, a sports court with four NBA/NCAA regulation basketball courts, a handball wall and a Rollerblade and stroller path connecting the complex with pre-existing paths around the aquatic center.
The new facility also will play host to in-house figure skating programs, learn-to-skate programs, a recreational youth hockey league and adult hockey leagues.


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