Rich and Annie Murphy, owners of the Trail Smoke Eaters Hockey Club, have once again shown their incredible goodwill to the town and its people by donating US$370,000 through their family foundation to upgrade a aging rink.
The city announced last week that the Trail Memorial Center’s children’s rink will soon be a nearly year-round facility and offer free programming, thanks to generous funding from the Murphy Family Foundation. The funds of US$370,000 over six years will go towards upgrading the rink to accommodate operations from October to July and will cover costs to enable some free programs, including community skates.
“We are thrilled with this upgrade to facilities and free community programming,” said Trail Mayor Lisa Pasin. “With so many benefits for the entire community, we are grateful to the Murphy Family Foundation for seeing the value in investing in our youth, our community and our infrastructure. Not only will the extra months allow for more community and free activities, but we can provide more ice time for private rentals, hockey team bookings, training camps and more.
The goal is to complete the required improvements to the rink by mid-2023, including changes to the flooring and the installation of new insulation to maintain ice temperature during the hottest months. hot. Additionally, city staff are working with the foundation to make the free children’s rink programming a reality with free community skates starting this month.
“As a foundation, we couldn’t be more excited about this project and seeing longer ice availability for the community,” said Madelyn Murphy, director of the Murphy Family Foundation. “It may seem like just an ice rink, but what we see are all the opportunities that a renovated, nearly year-round facility will provide for Trail youth and families: a high-quality facility for the community, the possibility for families not to have to travel outside the community for hockey or skating camps, and the accessibility of ice time for young people at no cost thanks to the free skates of the Murphy Family Foundation,” she adds.
“And these are just the first opportunities we are seeing – we know there are more to come.”
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