Hamilton Center Ice Arena's campaign to raise $1 million in private donations for an interior remodel exceeded its goal by $400,000.
All of the $1.4 million is being poured into the renovation effort, which includes updating the entrance, refurbishing the main ice rink, restrooms and locker rooms, and transforming the lobby into a new community room.
The goal has been to convert Hamilton Center back into a community center and meeting place, something it hasn’t been for years, said Mark Jones, Columbus Parks and Recreation Department director.
Converting the interior into a multi-use facility struck a chord with donors who liked the idea of Hamilton expanding beyond just an ice rink, said April Williams, who works in project and resource development at the Columbus Parks Foundation.
"When we started building our case about making this more of an option for a community center and rental space, we really just saw an outpouring of support from the community outside of just special interests, outside of hockey and figure skating," Williams said.
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