Kids and adults alike take to the new ice rink at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn last Friday. The rink is part of Aviation Sports new complex at the Gateway National Urban National Park venue. Kids from all over the city were invited for an afternoon of free skating at the new NHL-size rink, one of two at the complex. The other rink, which has seats for several thousand spectators, will be used for a hockey program.
|The complex also includes a complete training center for Gymnastics and a dance center. Congressman Anthony Weiner, a longtime hockey goalie, was instrumental in bringing Aviator Sports to Floyd Bennett Field. Here, he helps some youngsters onto the ice. Rockaway resident Rita Mullally, who is also a Gateway official, ties up her son's skates prior to the kids going on the ice. The ice skating staff was introduced to the crowd. Included is Timothy Goebel, the Olympic Bronze Medal winner (second from right). The skating staff was on hand to assist youngsters on the ice. The facility is already running regular ice skating classes at all skill levels. In addition, there is a hockey program. Weiner helps some young skaters around the ice. Not all the skaters were successful in navigating around the large rink. The hundreds of kids who showed up for the free skate line up to go onto the ice. The younger skaters were assisted by their parents as well as by the professional staff. Breezy Point resident Megan Rose Kirk and her mom, Christina, get ready to hit the ice. Megan, who is a winger for a team that normally plays in Freeport, is happy that there is a facility closer to home in which she can now play her favorite sport. |