Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Looking Into Proposed Ice Rink

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The space where the proposed ice rink would be constructed on the Tuckahoe-Eastchester border.
The space where the proposed ice rink would be constructed on the Tuckahoe-Eastchester border. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe is lined with parked cars on both sides of the street.
Marbledale Road in Tuckahoe is lined with parked cars on both sides of the street. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Ice skating enthusiasts around Eastchester and Bronxville may soon have the option of strapping on their skates and hitting the ice without leaving town.

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Do You Support The Proposed Eastchester Ice Rink?

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Do You Support The Proposed Eastchester Ice Rink?

  • Yes, it'll be a unique business in the area.

    82%
  • No, the added traffic and parking woes will not be worthwhile.

    11%
  • Any business is good business.

    7%
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There is a proposal on the table that would convert a space on Marbledale Road into a 10,000-square-foot ice rink. Because the rink is on the Tuckahoe-Eastchester border, the project needs to be approved by the planning boards of each municipality.

The project is being developed by Barbuti Architects, the firm that is also in charge of the Broken Bow Brewery project down the road. The proposal includes an upstairs viewing area overlooking two ice surfaces and a skate rental and sharpening station. A snack bar may also be constructed in the facility.

The location would focus on hockey training and the Bronxville youth hockey squad is expected to rent ice space if the project comes to fruition. In addition to hockey instruction, there will be introductory classes where children can learn to skate.

“Ice skating definitely isn’t something that jumps to my mind as something to do, but if it’s right in town, we’ll probably go more often,” resident Gabby Giugliano said.

With the new brewery set to open next month, members of the Tuckahoe Planning Board expressed concerns that the addition of an ice rink would diminish the quality of life in the area due to increased traffic from patrons.

The rink would be open each day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with spikes in action after school from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays, when residents are typically on their way home from work.

“Concerns include traffic, parking and noise,” Antonio Lee, the chair of the Tuckahoe Planning Board said.

The planning board has commissioned a parking study from both Eastchester and Tuckahoe to determine how the proposed rink may affect parking and traffic.

Eastchester resident Bill Fenn said that an increase in traffic would be a fair offset for the increased business.

“It really is a busy part of the village, but we can let something like traffic or parking stop us from improving our village,” he said. “I think most people would rather have some of the empty buildings filled.”

According to a member of the Tuckahoe Planning Board, small ice skating rinks have become prominent in the area since the rink at Rye Playland was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

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as a current hockey player and coach, I fully welcome a small rink in town. My kids learned to play on the small upstairs rink at playland. It actually is much better for young kids to learn on a small rink . . . same as little league baseball players playing on small fields. Even as an adult, I have lots of fun playing 3 on 3 on the upstairs rink at Playland. Most of the time big rinks are not fully used so a small rink makes more sense. As to traffic, how can a small rink for little kids or 3 x 3 adult hockey create a lot of traffic? It seems to me that Eastchester/Tuckahoe is getting the best of both worlds; a rink in town but not all the potential problems created by a full rink facility like the one proposed in rye brook. Its win/win.

The residents against the tiny mini rink should consider the ALTERNATE and PERMITTED uses of the property located at 200 Marbledale Road. They might be surprised.

Those for the rink know that it will greatly benefit the residents of Tuckahoe and East Chester.

As a former hockey player and coach, I would normally welcome an ice rink in the town. However the small size of the arena will severely limit or entirely eliminate school and recreation hockey league ice rentals.

I'm not so sure it could sustain itself on public sessions and private skating lessons alone. Murray's skating rink in Yonkers on Tuckahoe rd is 5 minutes away

I think this is a great idea and in addition to filling some dead space and bringing in some revenue will give the kids another activity to pursue locally. The buildings on the north end of Columbus need some sprucing up and new business are an excellent way to provide a facelift to an area that sorely needs it. As far as traffic this is mainly a commercial block and traffic is usually only an issue midday (off peak time for a rink) when tractor trailers and deliveries are being made to the businesses in the area.