It started with a donation and will continue as a fund raiser to provide ice skates and helmets to Binghamton kids.

The city of Binghamton has partnered with the United Way of Broome County to supply a limited amount of ice skates and helmets for kids in our area, following the opening of the new Ice Rink at Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park.

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The new ice rink on the north side of Binghamton opened in late December, and has given families and children an outlet during these troubled times.

According to a news release Mayor Richard David said “While the rink is free to use, many families can’t afford to purchase new ice skates or safety gear. The challenges of COVID-19 have made it more important than ever that our recreational opportunities are truly accessible to all residents.

Residents must be income eligible and live in the city of Binghamton to receive equipment, call (607) 238-1005 for more information.

The Mayor said we are asking anyone who may have skating gear they are no longer using and that is in good condition to consider donating it to the new rink.

People can drop off ice skates, helmets and other safety equipment at the Lee Barta Community Center at 108 Liberty St in Binghamton from Monday February 8 through Friday February 12

The United Way of Broome County will also accept monetary donations towards the purchase of additional gear, to be used by children skating at the new ice rink.

In addition to the 40 pairs of Ice skates and Helmets purchased by the city and the UWBC. The mayor said the city would consider purchasing more skates and gear if necessary.

To make a donation to the Ice Skating program CLICK HERE  (Please note on the donation form the funds go to skating program.)

Residents must be income-eligible and live in the City of Binghamton to receive skates. Those in need of skates should contact the Lee Barta Community Center at (607) 238-1005.

 The Cheri A. Lindsey Memorial Park ice rink is open for skating Monday through Saturday 8am to 9pm, and Sundays 10am to 9pm

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