It was announced Thursday that Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg was named as one of three finalists in the ‘Renovate the Rink’ contest presented by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Pittsburgh Commercial Construction (PittComm).
Nevin Arena, of Greensburg, Hess Ice Rink in New Castle and The Ice Mine in Connellsville, will be voted on by the public from February 1 to the 22nd. The winner of the contest will receive $100,000 in renovations in materials and construction management services at the rink. The Chemours Company, an official partner of the NHL, will recognize all three finalists by providing them with a set of divider boards to assist with their on-ice programming and youth development. (info via Pittsburgh Penguins)
“I am beyond Grateful to everyone who nominated the Nevin Arena,” said Trudy Ivory, Facility Manager. “My Rink Families are the Best! Now we need everyone to vote once a day, each day and spread the word to everyone they know to do the same! We Are In It To Win It!”
Nevin Arena, was built in 1968 and received its last renovation in 1989. Thousands of skaters have walked through the doors in the last 50 years and have enjoyed playing games, participating in community programs and skating around the ice.
Each year Nevin hosts 90 high school games and over 160 youth hockey games per season. Their weekend public skates total over 8000 skaters per season and their Learn To Skate program teaches over 250 kids per season.
This past September, the arena was flooded by the large amounts of rain that came through the Greensburg area. This resulted in being closed for two days and many employees and volunteers getting the ice and facilities back into working order.
“Kirk S. Nevin Arena is my family’s hockey home and I was proud to nominate it for the renovate the rink contest,” said Mike Kenna, a WHA coach and father to a player. “I am absolutely thrilled that we were one of the three finalists. I hope we win. We could really use the upgrades after that bad flood we had. I hope everyone votes for us.”
For the 49th year this March, the annual Westmoreland Hockey Association will run the its Laurel Hockey Tournament at Nevin.
More than 400 entries were received during the submission phase of the contest, and 16 rinks were nominated before the finalists were selected. Rinks in the following counties were eligible: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland.
Voting begins February 1 and runs until February 22. To watch the video about Kirk S. Nevin Arena and vote for them click here. The community is able to vote once a day for the rink they believe is the most deserving. Let’s all support our community ice rink and vote!