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NEW ICE RINK OPENS FRIDAY DEC. 16TH

HANCOCK TOWN SQUARE (20 E Main St.) 

BRING YOUR OWN SKATES

Free to Children

$5 for Adults

​According to the Hancock Historical Society’s 1998 Centennial Book, a place called “The Rink” was located in the general vicinity of the Malcolm Henderson home. E.W. Griffis built a skating rink on the lot adjoining Dr.Pettingill’s barn, which currently sits behind NBT Bank, but it once sat where the bank is located now It was later turned 180 degrees and placed behind the NBT.  In September 1887, “a grand hop at The Rink to benefit the Park” was held – “good music and a right good time.” Admission was only 10 cents and tickets for hop were just 50 cents. In 1889 and 1890 the “Hancock Dramatists” held their plays at the “Rink Opera House.” In 1890 the Hancock Union and Academy Graduation was held at Hancock Rink. It appears the activity being held somewhat determined what the place was called. The mystery of “The Rink” is that none of the “old-timers” have recollection of seeing or hearing of it and no further information has been found. 

Hancock Partners intend to rebuild “The Hancock Rink” in winter 2022 in the Hancock Town Square at 20 E Main Street, almost exactly where it was built 130 years ago. When planning this new program, the committee had no knowledge of this history, and only recently learned about its original size and location. The modern design of 25′ x 50′ rink is a near match to the original size. As we look towards our future we must first celebrate and honor our past. In recent years it has become more apparent than ever that we, as Americans, need to come together during these turbulent times and celebrate our heritage. Hancock as a town, and as a village, is historically documented through Delaware County and The National Archives as having been named to honor John Hancock following his death in 1793. America’s famed founding-father, John Hancock, was known as the Prince of Merchants, and indeed the Hancock House Hotel  itself was named after his great family estate in Boston. 

So to celebrate our shared history we are looking to partner with Hallmark Movies Televisions Channel to sponsor the rink and possibly film during the 2022 holidays and winter months of 2023. This incredible opportunity would help promote the town with numerous press publications and regional features. The rink itself is cost effective, reusable and portable. Thankfully the portable rink can be set up within a few hours with just 2-3 people, however,  there are maintenance costs such as: resurfacing, security, staffing/training, skates purchase costs, marketing, decor and signage to be considered.  We need help to fund the initial costs associated with hosting the ice rink and fitting out the Town Square to accommodate and allow for it most easily and to ensure it’s annual success for the next decade. Marketing setup and planning would take place in October and November 2022.

The build would take place around the town Christmas Tree Tuesday December 13th Noon till 4PM, if weather is cold enough we will add water at 5PM. If not, it will take place when weather allows. The rink will run for 6 weeks with an option to extend. 

BRING YOUR OWN SKATES

Free to Children

$5 for Adults