Arden Tour / Page 7

The Arden Community Rink, without question, is the social/recreational hub of the village. The name has applied to a series of rinks or sports centers which date back to about 1900. Today's rink, the sixth, is Arden's biggest and best. Although curling is the main function, this is a multipurpose facility for the community. The facility is rented for events year-round by a variety of groups. It has a kitchen, lockers, and a second floor gallery.

Today's rink was built in two phases, starting in 1991. It was built entirely by volunteers, beside the previous rink, and stands on 16 feet of gravel.

In its first phase, the rink provided natural ice for eight seasons. In 1999, a geothermal heat pump system was installed. This extremely efficient system, after startup costs, heats or cools the facility as well as making artificial ice affordable.

Today, Arden's rink has three sheets of the finest, keenest and straightest artificial ice on earth. (That's our story, and we're sticking to it!).