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County Breaks Ground on Eisenhower's 'Twin Rinks' Ice Center

Privately financed project slated to be finished by the fall.

The athletes of Nassau County have a new place to enjoy some friendly competition.

The groundbreaking for the new privately financed “Twin Rinks” sports complex and recreation center was held at Eisenhower Park Thursday afternoon.

The $15 million project is being funded by Chris and Peter Ferraro, former New York Rangers and United States Olympians who were also only the second set of twins in NHL history to play on the same team during the same season. Also contributing to the project are Joel Friedman of Clearview Capital Management, LLC, and Ronald Friedman of Silverman Acampora, LLP. Their consultant, Richard 'Big Daddy' Selgado of Coastal Advisors, was on hand for the groundbreaking as well.

The facility, which is slated to be finished by the fall, will have two NHL regulation-size hockey rinks inside and a rink outside for skating lessons, youth player development programs, tournaments and more.

The complex will be the home to at least two youth hockey leagues, including the Long Island Gulls Amateur Hockey Association and the New York Junior Bobcats.

The facility will also include four NBA/NCAA regulation-size basketball courts, a full sized turf field for lacrosse and soccer, a handball wall and an outdoor rollerblading path.

“It’s a tremendous day to try to change the landscape and the dynamics of Long Island hockey and sports,” Chris Ferraro said. “This is a dream come true for us.”

County Executive Ed Mangano stressed that the new 85,000-square-foot facility will provide new jobs and opportunities for young people around the area.

“This is really a really exciting day.” Mangano said. “Over the last decade, there has really been no building in what we know as the hub, and Eisenhower Park is certainly a part of that.”

The building will stand near the Nassau County Aquatic Center, and will be most easily accessed via Merrick Avenue. The Ferraro brothers will be responsible for all costs pertaining to building and maintaining the facility, while Nassau County will share in some of the proceeds generated.

“It’s been a tough journey for us in our careers,” Peter Ferraro said. “We spent a lot of time away from our family and our friends and we want to eliminate that now. We want to allow the community in Nassau County to develop their families together and stay right here in their backyard.”

scott ross January 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Progress is good...better than a muddy field that no one uses
patio miller January 18, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Im with you, Paul.
Frank T January 19, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Scott was "progress" good when the pool was built. I bet you believed everything Gullota said about how much money the county would make. Turns out it never made a profit and can't even break even and was built so poorly it needs a total renovation after 14 years. WAKE UP!
Florence Trunk January 19, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Does anyone else have a problem in trying to e-mail an article from the Patch?? The "captchas" aren't clear & aren't decipherable Are they really necessary?? Just wondering?
Jenn January 19, 2013 at 02:38 PM
3 ice rinks, 4 basketball, 1 field, 1 rollerblade path.........yet it's dubbed "twin rinks". Deceptive? Maybe if we dig deep enough, we might find a tie between this and the Coliseum property not being developed........?
GARY January 19, 2013 at 11:31 PM
upgrade to the park , my kids will realy enjoy this. I moved to long island for the life style. Cant wait for this to be finished. And enjoy our great park
paul January 19, 2013 at 11:44 PM
You moved to LI for the life style????? OK here is a partial list of the LI life style: 1) stores closing 2) lack of business development 3) vagrants looking for hand outs 4) drunks walking the streets 5) not to mention drunks living in the park 6) drug addicts all day long in and out of the NUMC 7) corrupt politicians 8) many pawn shops to select from etc..... You are so right. Ahhh that Long Island life style..... You gotta love it.....
GARY January 20, 2013 at 04:48 AM
paul very bitter man
paul January 20, 2013 at 05:18 AM
To Gary: Bitter no.... Realistic, YES....
Brent M. January 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Sorry Gary... but the reality Paul is speaking of is absolutley TRUE!! its unfortunate that you had to move here into seeing this nonsense when I am sure you had a better point of view.. I feel bad for ya.. you just want a better life .. instead you get this Wasteland in the making!
Keira Jones January 21, 2013 at 02:06 PM
This is ludicrous! Why are they building in our park? I've lived here my whole life and heard nothing of this project. Definitely slipped this under the noses of Nassau County residents. Why aren't they building in one of the (many) vacant lots all along Hempstead Turnpike? What about the coliseum area? Surely, that is a better spot than using our park.
GARY January 21, 2013 at 02:37 PM
sorry dont want my kids playing in shopping centers on Hempstead Turnpike.I would rather the park , all in one location and spend the whole day there .Try to get some fast food resturants for your lots or shopping centers .Coliseum is a whole other BIGGER issue
kgg January 21, 2013 at 07:14 PM
@Paul- The facility will be incredible once it is built- with funds provided by Twin Rinks at Eisenhower, LLC which is owned by the Ferraro brothers and their partners Joel and Ron Friedman. They responded to an RFP put out by the county. The commemorative shovels, hockey pucks, etc were provided by Twin Rinks at Eisenhower, LLC as well. Day to day management, etc will also be provided by Twin Rinks at Eisenhower, LLC. This facility will bring thousands of people to East Meadow and the surrounding businesses which will generate sales, etc...Once it's built you'll see what a wonderful gift it is to the community.
patio miller January 21, 2013 at 07:45 PM
wonderful gift? maybe for you, and those wanting to be part of paving over my park and no big taxes to my town. bring thousands of people to east meadow? so then i cannot get thru my park to do the things i do all the time...and parking? where will this parking be? more paving over? Gary, take your kids to the rinks already here, how offensive you are, stop insulting east meaodw, really. so thousands coming to my park, paving it over and not desiring my town to benefit in any tax base..sounds like the crapped out pool we now have...this is the same board that would NOT allow a business to open across the street because of traffic, and now you say thousands will be all over ? sorry to see east meadow has been sold out under our residents noses. with NO INPUT by the people that live here and will be paying for this in more way than one. looking forward to election day folks.
paul January 21, 2013 at 09:23 PM
To kgg: Thank you for your comment. However, to those who do not know your answer is purely a public relations stunt... You are drinking way too much of the county kool aid, maybe even from the same glass as Mangano.... Your comment comes with a price. The price of working and getting paid as part of the county public relations machine.... Just so you are all aware kgg is the: "Principal, Director of Public Relations at KGG Enterprises, LLC" who I believe is somehow compensated for public relations in the county as well as some ventures in the city...... OK, now that I made my comments, would you like to tell everyone that the project is really not a good idea....... I know you cant due to your connection to the project. We all understand... NOT ME..... Just saying... PS: You can prove me wrong, but I doubt it....... http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kerry-gillick-goldberg/9/a5a/4a3
paul January 21, 2013 at 09:28 PM
To patio miller: Good comments.. kgg's remarks are worse than from an elected polititian... Now lets see if kgg wants to comment anymore based on what I just posted... She may want to delete her kool aid answer..... Just saying.... ;o)
paul January 22, 2013 at 04:33 AM
Wow, no comments yet....Hmmmmm??????
Brent M. January 22, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I ll say it again.. its a GOOD IDEA but WRONG VENUE!! and.. @KGG , what surrounding buisnesses are you talking about that will generate sales.??? You must mean the dozen CASH FOR GOLD stores that over run restaurants?? ... With all due respect.. BILL ALDERMAN, you were a huge huge opponent of sonic bc of all the TRAFFIC .. how come you are not SCREAMING about this project???
Frank T January 22, 2013 at 01:47 PM
KGG please ask your benefactors to post the contract for the skating rink with the County on the Patch. Since it's such a great deal for the taxpayers there should be nothing to hide.
Robert Demarco January 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Anything involving Nassau County or TOH politicians is never a good deal for the taxpayers. This deal came out of the blue and was never discussed nor were public hearings held. Everything these so called public servants promote turns to corruption or disaster.
paul January 22, 2013 at 03:55 PM
To kgg: No feedback? Just as I thought... A useless (paid) political flunky...
paul January 22, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Brent, maybe I can answer the no response about the naysayer... Stupid is as stupid does.........
kgg January 22, 2013 at 10:33 PM
@Paul- For the record- yes- I do own a local public relations firm on Long Island which is why I responded to patch with my "kggpr" log in. I actually am a consultant for Twin Rinks at Eisenhower (not the county) and really pushed to have many members of the media and community at the groundbreaking to help share the story. I also was actively involved with the inclusive park and playground within Eisenhower Park. As a local resident, mother, and former teacher I do believe that developing venues to keep youth active and busy are extremely important. I'm honored to be involved. I do believe that the local restaurants, etc. will see a tremendous increase in business once the venue is built.
Brent M. January 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM
@kgg.. WHICH LOCAL RESTAURANTS??? Burger King, Wendys and Borrellis?? bc rest closed down the turnpike... and I get what Paul is saying.. you "pushed to have many members and community at the groundbreaking".. but where was the push to have this discussed BEFORE this was decided? I think thats what people are confused about..
Jenn January 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I agree with Brent M.'s comment of: "but where was the push to have this discussed BEFORE this was decided? I think thats what people are confused about.." That is the big question - why didn't we know until after the ink dried? By the way kgg, if you had anything at all to do with the actual layout of the inclusive park, then as a mother you should be ashamed - if you did not, then I retract my statement. However, most moms know that we don't always want our kids in the sand - so we all have allowed our kids in a park and said "anywhere but the sand pit" at some time or another --- the wonderful person who decided to place the sand play area 4 feet from a play structure had their dunce cap on that day. Not only does it bring the sand ALL over the play structure and make it filthy - it then makes it slippery, which is not ideal or safe for the children this park was designed for. Do we have the same kind of thoughtless planning to look forward to in this project too?
paul January 23, 2013 at 03:57 AM
To kgg: You are a dollar short and a day late..... as you stated... ".....and really pushed to have many members of the media and community at the groundbreaking to help share the story." You are a paid PR person.... You write like a paid PR person.... You have not said one solid thing about having a meeting prior to a ground breaking.... I will find a way to halt the continuation of this project until a public forum hears out all the facts........ Yes I did say HALT.......... So if you are really an interested party with any concerns and not just a puppet, call a meeting ASAP........ A stop work order for the project may be issued...... Perhaps look in this coming Sundays Newsday for a story, you might be surprised....
paul January 23, 2013 at 03:58 AM
To kgg: You are a dollar short and a day late..... as you stated... ".....and really pushed to have many members of the media and community at the groundbreaking to help share the story." You are a paid PR person.... You write like a paid PR person.... You have not said one solid thing about having a meeting prior to a ground breaking.... I will find a way to halt the continuation of this project until a public forum hears out all the facts........ Yes I did say HALT.......... So if you are really an interested party with any concerns and not just a puppet, call a meeting ASAP........ A stop work order for the project may be issued...... Perhaps look in this coming Sundays Newsday for a story, you might be surprised....
Nick March 24, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Wow you guys are really angry about this. Okay fine we won't do it then. Haha jk. If you don't like it then leave.
JoeMags April 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Wasn't there an owner of an NHL team that wanted to use his own funds to rehab the colesium a few years back that was told NO!. My how things have changed in Nassau County....glad I live in Suffolk!
Robert Demarco April 02, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Its very simple: if Wang used his money to build the Lighthouse Project, Kate Murray and the rest of her party cohorts would not be able to control the jobs, patronage, contracts, etc. That is all that matters to them; the taxpayers they allegedly represent do not count and do not have a voice.

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