Received word that councilman David Greenfield wants to demolish the outdoor hockey rink on McDonald Avenue and Avenue F.
COME ON MAN!
The roller hockey rink at Di Gilio Playground in Kensington has been a part of that community for decades dating back to the 60s.
It’s a part of the identity of the neighborhood.
Even though I wasn’t a big hockey guy growing up, I always respected and enjoyed watching some of the neighborhood guys play at the ninth street bandshell. If you grew up in New York City, you were a Rangers or Islanders fan.
The hockey rink at Avenue F should not be demolished. There’s a bunch of regulars that play hockey there every weekend for the last seven years along with a countless number of men and young adults.
These guys have called it their home rink and use it for their weekend exercise. Matter of fact, why don’t they get the young kids in the neighborhood interested? Hockey is a great sport! It builds toughness. Creates teamwork and most of all, it teaches kids to compete.
Losing this rink would mean a heartbreak for many and it would be nothing short of a shame.
Out of the four parks department roller hockey rinks in Brooklyn, Councilman Greenfield is eliminated half of them.
I think Greenfield deserves a game misconduct if he gets rid of the Avenue F rink.
But hold up, The New York Islanders are moving to Brooklyn, right? This will bring a higher demand for hockey rinks in Brooklyn. Here’s an idea; how about the Islanders organization coming to the rescue? Conduct hockey clinics for young kids at the rink.
So how about it councilman Greenfield, be a sport. Don’t be a bully. Keep the rink. Let the guys have their fun.
What would guys like Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Eddie Giacomin and Mike Richter think?