The Iowa Wild, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, the City of Waukee and the City of Ankeny, announced that a community ice rink will be built for public use in both Waukee and Ankeny starting in the winter of 2017.
“We are fortunate enough to have some great community partners, giving us the ability to help grow the game of hockey and provide the community an opportunity to pursue an outdoor winter activity”, said Iowa Wild President Todd Frederickson. “This gives us three ice rinks in the greater Des Moines area and we hope to build on this. We believe strongly in a healthy lifestyle, and being active in the winter is essential for the well being of our children and our community. We encourage kids and adults to get outside in the winter and go skating/play hockey at one of the local community rinks.”
In December of 2016, the Iowa Wild and Wells Fargo announced the first community rink in West Des Moines at Raccoon River Park. With the addition of Waukee and Ankeny, the community rink program expands to three ice rinks that will be available for public use throughout the winter months. Waukee’s rink will be placed at Sugar Creek Golf Course at 1505 6th street. The City of Ankeny will announce the location of its community rink in the near future.
“We are excited to partner with the Wild in bringing this new amenity to the communities of Waukee and Ankeny, just as we did last year in West Des Moines,” said Don Pearson, Wells Fargo regional president. “Our 16,000 Iowa team members are deeply committed to supporting and volunteering in our communities in order to make them strong, diverse and vibrant. We love getting behind efforts like this that improve our communities and benefit central Iowa.”
The rinks have been donated in a partnership between the Iowa Wild and Wells Fargo. The rinks are free for public use. Each rink measures at 80 x 40 (a regular hockey rink measures 200 x 85). The rinks will be open as long as weather permits and the ice remains frozen.
“We are truly grateful that the Iowa Wild and Wells Fargo are offering this generous addition to Waukee,” said Waukee Mayor William F. Peard. “Our neighborhoods, parks and trails are filled with people enjoying Waukee amenities during the warm months, but winter tends to bring a decline in that engagement. We are thrilled to have a new winter recreational option for which residents can get of the house to enjoy.”
Stay tuned for ice rink information and an opening date later this fall. Thanks to these great partners!