Greenwich’s skating rink is on Sue Merz Way on a site shared with the Strazza Field, across Western Jr. Highway from Western Middle School. The facility was built as an outdoor rink in 1971 and was designated as the Dorothy Hamill
Skating Rink in 1976. Incremental projects over the years added a roof, exterior walls, and spectator seating. The existing facility has a number of fundamental and critical issues, notably substandard ice size and inadequate, aging and non-code-compliant equipment, building systems, and fixtures. The Town intends to build a new, high-quality rink facility on the property capable of serving Town users for the decades to come.
The public, Town‐owned site of 13.4 acres also includes the Strazza Field baseball diamond, a parking lot, a playscape, a swing set, the Eugene Morlot Memorial Park, a wooded area, and a grassy hillside. The Eugene Morlot Memorial Park consists of 13 trees and a flagpole, each with a commemorative plaque. The Morlot Park was dedicated on Veterans Day 1989 in memory of alumni of Byram School who lost their lives in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. When the new rink is constructed, Morlot Park will be preserved in its present location.
In the approved budgets for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, the Representative Town Meeting and Board of Estimate and Taxation voted to provide funds to retain architects to develop preliminary plans for the new rink. After a competitive selection process, SLAM Collaborative of Glastonbury, CT was chosen as architects to design the new facility.