Plans consolidate in Chesterfield for ‘world class’ ice hockey, skating venue near Midlothian Turnpike
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – The redevelopment of Spring Rock Green shopping center in northeast Chesterfield is consolidating – plans for the space include a state-of-the-art ice hockey and skating facility.
County chiefs recently revealed part of their Spring Rock Green shopping center redevelopment plans located at the interchange of Chippenham Parkway and Midlothian Turnpike.
According to the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority, the facility will help the Richmond area establish stronger hockey and ice skating programs for youth and strengthen sports tourism to host tournaments in the area.
“This is important because two rinks are needed to attract larger youth hockey tournaments to Richmond,” according to a statement from the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority. “The plans will include appropriate seating and equipment to host tournaments and special events and place Richmond at the top of the Mid-Atlantic venues.”
The planned facility will be the only venue in the Greater Richmond area that will feature two NHL-sized rinks. The site is also intended to host free skating and learn to skate programs.
In August, the supervisory board held a public hearing to consider the transfer of $ 20 million to the Economic Development Authority to fund the purchase of Spring Rock Green and Adaline Acres.
Today, the agency is finalizing plans with an operator who will manage the future facility, with the intention of working in cooperation with other facilities and regional ice rink owners to organize tournaments and other events.
“Richmond Region Tourism is very excited about this new development, which will add to our sport tourism infrastructure,” said Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “The area needs additional regulation size ice sheets for floor hockey to be attractive to host hockey tournaments, figure skating competitions, as well as to meet a need of our residents. This is fabulous news.
The location will be integrated into a new mixed-use community “to provide opportunities for wider community fun”.