Tarken Rec Center ice rink to be renovated

A $3.3 million renovation to the skating rink at the Tarken Recreation Center is expected to begin in June.

As a part of a private-public partnership with the City of Philadelphia, the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation will fully enclose the rink located at 6250 Frontenac St. by matching a $6.5 million grant from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

City Councilwoman Marian Tasco, D-9, announced the news from her district at Thursday’s City Council meeting, noting that a West Oak Lane rink had undergone a similar makeover.

Scanlon Ice Rink in Kensington, Laura Sims Skate House in West Philadelphia and the Simons Recreation Center in West Oak Lane were all open-air outdoor rinks that operated just 12 weeks a year until the foundation stepped in.

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