Construction has begun on the new ice rink at Quiet Waters Park outside Annapolis, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced.
The contractors, Ice Builders, began demolition work last week on the floor of the old rink. Work will continue throughout the summer and early fall, with a completion date set for Oct. 15. The new $2 million rink is scheduled to open for public skating in November.
The rink, which opened in 1990, closed for two seasons a few years later because of problems in the construction of its cooling system, then shut down permanently in 2003 after crews discovered that the mats set up under the cooling apparatus had been leaking chemicals into a nearby pond, killing fish.
Temporary fencing has been installed surrounding the work site. For safety purposes, park patrons who regularly walk near the Visitor Center and the construction site will be redirected.
For further information contact the county Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-222-7317.
AACC wins award for reforesting
Anne Arundel Community College has received a Maryland Urban Community and Forest Committee Green PLANT award for a reforesting and landscaping program that added 54 trees to college grounds in 2007.
This marks the sixth year that AACC has received a Green People Loving and Nurturing Trees (PLANT) award since 1999.
The Green award is the Maryland committee's highest award, given only for sustained programs.
Eleven white dogwood trees were planted to commemorate 25-year employees. A pink dogwood was donated in memory of a deceased faculty member, and the remaining trees were added to parking lot medians and for reforestation surrounding the parking lots.
Dozens of additional trees also were planted around the new Central Services Building and relocated barn as part of that construction project.
Arundel Lodge wins $100,000 grant
The Arundel Lodge has been awarded a $100,000 grant through the Maryland Small Grants Program from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.
The grant will be used to support the behavioral health service center's effort to get jobs for 25 people with serious mental illnesses. The effort develops individualized job search and development strategies based upon the individual person's skills, interests, strengths and needs.
For more than 30 years, the Lodge has helped thousands of individuals with mental health disorders with programs that help them gain employment and self-sufficiency.
Officials with the Lodge said the grant from the Weinberg Foundation was "crucial" to the programs they offer. For more information on the Lodge and its services, call Debbie Duffy at 443-433-5928.