The Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena It was established in 1974 and began operations in January 1980 as an outdoor skating facility. In 1992, with the help of local businesses and a generous loan that was guaranteed, the Arena completed a capital improvement program that enclosed the ice arena and provided year-round skating activities. The Arena’s vision is to provide a place that continues to foster community development and enrich the lives of children, teenagers and parents. It is a place where good values are instilled and where friendship and respect are the products of peer support and parental involvement. As indicated above, the Arena was built in stages as sections of the structure were added over the years largely due to the efforts by a combination of volunteers from the community and donations. The donations received started as early as 1983 when the founder of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, donated funds to build a roof over the ice. Then in 1999 fundraising began to accumulate funds to build the locker rooms, showers and bathrooms initiated by Gayle and Bob Mone, who are full time residents of the Vineyard and their friends, Bob and Tara Levine, summer residents. The Levines were also largely responsible for the purchase of the Arena’s electric Zamboni in 2009 amongst other projects spread out over the years.
HOME TO VARIOUS VINEYARD ORGANIZATIONS AND THE PUBLIC
- Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Boys & Girls Hockey
- Martha’s Vineyard Youth Hockey
- Martha’s Vineyard Figure Skating Club
The Martha’s Vineyard Arena is a non-profit community organization with a 501(c) (3) designation. Your gifts are gratefully welcomed and are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by contacting us at 508-693-5329, or at Box 2062, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. A notice of your contribution will be sent to you for your tax records. The Arena’s EIN is 51-0204074