City officials unveil revitalized 3rd & Spruce Rec Center Hockey Rink

Reading Mayor Eddie Moran celebrated the official reopening of the recently renovated 3rd & Spruce Recreation Center Hockey Rink Tuesday morning with city leaders and community members.

Speaking to a small crowd on the new rink, Mayor Moran expressed his excitement in seeing the completed project, stating, “The dedication of a newly renovated hockey rink is something that I am truly grateful for. This project is a testament to the resilience and dedication of the community. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those who made this possible.”

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The beloved hockey rink had fallen into disrepair in recent years, with dangerous cracks posing a threat to player safety. The deteriorating conditions even led to several competitors quitting the league, the mayor said. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Matt Lubus, Recreation Supervisor of the Reading Recreation Commission spearheaded a campaign for long-term repairs.

Reading Recreation Commission Executive Director Daphne Klahr plays hockey on the new rink. Photo via City of Reading event livestream.

Thanks to Lubus’s efforts, along with valuable input from players and league officials, the decision was made to invest in a synthetic overlay system. This innovative solution promises not only enhanced safety but also an improved playing experience. The total cost of the project amounts to $105,738.63.

The contract was awarded to Sport Court of Pennsylvania, and construction was completed in an impressive 48 hours. The newly designed surface prioritizes both safety and the quality of the game, catering to players of all ages.

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But the revitalized hockey rink is just one aspect of the 3rd and Spruce complex’s transformation. The grounds are currently undergoing extensive renovations, one of which is the creation of an all-abilities playground, which is already taking shape.

Mayor Moran emphasized the city’s commitment to the well-being of its residents, stating, “Our investment in 2023 alone, totaling 1.8 million dollars, showcases our unwavering commitment to providing safe programming and promoting healthy living for our youth and those who use the Rec Center.”

Mayor Moran extended his thanks to all those who supported the project and expressed his eagerness to witness the community coming together to enjoy the new surface for years to come. This revitalized space not only enhances the city’s recreational offerings but also underscores its commitment to fostering a strong and vibrant community.

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