Saturday, February 20, 2016

Fort Dupont Ice Arena supporters call on city leaders for investment


This Ward 7-based gem is turning up the heat on electeds and appointeds this budget season with a user- and other-supporter-driven push to expand the space to accommodate the increasing demand for services.   According to their recent appeal (advocacy tool, survey, general support measurer):

I am a District resident and a user and supporter of the Fort Dupont Ice Arena. I strongly urge the District government to complete full funding for construction and operating support for the new, 2-rink facility in the next city budget so the non-profit rink can expand its community programs for DC residents, both in our community and throughout the city!

For those who are not familiar with the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Friends of FDIA)

was formed in the summer of 1996 in response to the pending closure of the ice arena by its former owner, the National Park Service. Parents and friends organized and took over the management of the arena, revitalizing the facility that is located in the heart of Ward 7 in Southeast DC.

There is something for everyone at FDIA, from community free skates to Kids on Ice to special education students learning to skate during the school day.

If you believe Ward 7 and the whole of the city deserve robust programming that builds self-esteem and coordination and is good for people of all ages, email leaders to support FDIA's call for funding in the mayor's FY 2017 budget.

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