For 50 years, the Edward F. Loring Arena has provided recreational and competitive opportunities for thousands of youth and adults in our community. Our mission is to improve and modernize the facility to make it a safe, comfortable and enjoyable gathering place for all.
Building a Future for Generations of Skaters
Over ten years ago, the Framingham Town Manager selected a committee to study what the future held for Loring Arena. The Loring Arena Study Committee came back with one answer… Loring Arena is a great asset to the town and should remain. It was suggested then that the arena be renovated and modernized. Understanding our challenging economic times, members of the community banded together in 2007 to form the Loring Arena Legacy Foundation (LALF).
Thanks to the generous donations of the Framingham community and the Framingham Youth Hockey Program, the LALF has provided over $53,000 towards improving Loring Arena over the last six years. We have made solid contributions to the rink like the new score boards, a sound system and restroom improvements. We hired an architect and invested $27,000 in initial design concepts and these drawings have inspired the new Loring Arena renovation. Today, final drawings are being created, take a look under the “Building a Future” tab for the most recent rendition available.
The Loring Arena Legacy Foundation has sought and raised these funds privately and is now lobbying with the Framingham Parks and Recreation Department for larger changes that will provide for uses that were unforeseen many years ago. One of the major changes needed is making the rink handicapped accessible. Another is to provide additional locker rooms, and community rooms, so gender separation issues and overcrowding in entrance ways and stands will be resolved.
We are proud to announce that the Town will be forwarding a Capital Budget Request this upcoming Spring Town Meeting to renovate Loring Arena. With this in mind, the Loring Arena Legacy Foundation is launching a Capital Fundraising and Awareness Campaign called “SKATE FORWARD”. Our objective here is to fundraise and supplement the overall cost of construction.
We have a big vision for Loring Arena, but we need your help to make it a reality. We hope that you will support us and send in a donation today. You can be confident that your donation, no matter the size, will be used to support renovating Loring Arena. We are committed to using every dollar as efficiently as possible towards that end. LALF’s future plans are to support all improvements to the existing structure through continued fundraising and increased civic awareness. The Loring Arena Legacy Foundation is committed to ensure that future generations of families in the area can enjoy this historic facility for another 50 years.
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