Congrats to Keene Ice On The Start Of Their Construction!

Keene Ice construction

Congratulations to the great folks over at Keene Ice on the start of their construction on Marlboro Street here in Keene!  It’s been great going for morning runs over the past couple of months and watching the construction evolve.  They’ve been posting some photos and comments over to their page on Facebook and it’s been fun to see.

People have asked me about whether we’d be able to have any curling at the new Keene Ice arena.  Given the fact that there is an extremely heavy demand for ice time for hockey leagues, figure skating and other ice activities, especially in light of the fact that Cheshire Ice Arena (our one other ice arena in the area) will not open next year, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be able to figure out a way to do much in the way of curling at the Keene Ice arena.

I wrote last year about the challenges of scheduling in getting a curling club going at an ice arena and that really remains the biggest challenge.  I spoke with one of the Keene Ice folks earlier this year and the reality is that getting more than just a couple of hours at odd times is not likely to happen. I think it’s awesome for them that they have so much demand!

And, as someone who enjoys ice skating, I’m very much looking forward to skating at the new arena!

I wouldn’t rule out entirely doing something at the Keene Ice arena… even if it were just some demonstrations and “learn to curl” sessions at some point in time… but our focus continues to be on how we can identify a place for some dedicated curling ice that could let us grow the kind of curling club and curling community that we’d like to see.

If you’re interested, please do join with us and let us know your interested!

And if you get a chance to drive by the Keene Ice facility on Marlboro Street, do check it out – it’s great to see!  Let’s make Keene a winter sports destination!

P.S. And yes, in addition to the scheduling, curling ice is also different from skating ice… although there are many ice arenas that work hard to get their ice closer to what you can get at a dedicated curling club.



2 thoughts on “Congrats to Keene Ice On The Start Of Their Construction!

  1. Lon Peper

    Don’t let the ice arena tell you that your time and sport are not valuable. Your money is just as good as the hockey and figure skating people’s money. Unless those other sports are going to pay more per hour than you are willing to pay, you have every right to getting a fair time slot. You have to back it up by filling the ice if you get that time slot, though! You might have to start out at 9:00 PM on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights until you get membership built up, but eventually you should be able to leverage your membership into getting a better ice time. All you need is one good night in a good time slot, and it makes all the difference.

    We are lucky here in Cedar Rapids that the ice arena does work with us. They gave us Tuesday nights at 6:30 PM this past season, and we filled all 6 sheets. We bring in the 3rd most amount of money to our arena (not including the minor league hockey team). They like our money just as much as the adult and youth hockey leagues.

    1. Dan York Post author


      Thanks for the message and I’m glad things are working out so well in Cedar Rapids. We’ll see what happens here!



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