Article by Sara Robertson, Photos by Bob Kuhn.
The NFL and United Way teamed together for the annual Hometown Huddle. This year the Green Bay Packer’s selected the City of Algoma to be the recipient. The project that they helped us fund was a new ice rink at Peterson Park to encourage kids and the community to get out and be active in the colder winter months in Wisconsin.
Initially, the Packer’s approached the City because of the positive things they had heard in the media about Algoma and the “Live Well” initiative. They were impressed with Algoma’s focus on health and overall wellness. We were thrilled that our community was selected!
On November 1st, 2016, Packer players and staff, volunteers from the United Way of Brown and Door County, students and teachers from Algoma Wolf Tech, along with city officials and crew members worked together on the grounds of Peterson Park to install the new ice rink. Included in the ice rink project is a warming shelter, benches and an asphalt surface. With the addition of the ice rink, along with the existing sledding hill, Peterson Park will be the
perfect location for families to enjoy winter recreation. During the spring and summer months, the ice rink area will not go unused. The ice rink, when drained, can be used as overflow parking for Little League and Algoma Wolves Softball games, serving a dual purpose.
After the project build was completed that day, the Packer’s left the Parks Department with several sets of broom ball to help us promote fun activities on the ice. In the coming months when it is cold enough for ice to be formed, we will be having a ribbon cutting event, along with some fun and “icy” activities. Be on the lookout for that!
We are so grateful to the Green Bay Packer’s and the United Way. The ice rink will definitely be a wonderful and useful addition to our city.