The Recreation in Norwood Committee will be holding an informational meeting at the Coakley Middle School on Monday, October 1, at 7 p.m. to provide information and to answer the public's questions about the skating facility proposed for construction in South Norwood.
Hosted by the South Norwood Committee, administrative representatives from the Norwood school system and general government will be on hand to help facilitate discussion.
In July state legislators approved $5.6 million in the state budget for the proposed Norwood rink.
“This is great news for Norwood families as well as the Commonwealth,” Rep. John Rogers said in a statement after the funds were approved. “The state will have an asset that it doesn’t have to maintain or manage; the town can manage the asset and collect the revenues it generates; the neighborhood will benefit from an economic surge; and our youth, seniors, and all of Norwood’s families will at long last have access to a home rink.”
When the proposal was brought before the Town Selectmen in June, the members were generally in favor of the concept, but voiced concerns about cost to the town for maintaining the rink, parking and the relocation of the tennis courts - since the location being considered would displace them.
"It's going to be a very positive thing for the town of Norwood," Selectmen Paul Bishop said.