ROSELLE, NJ — Work crews have begun the demolition and remodel of the Warinanco Skating Rink. Due to the extensive renovation, there will be no open skating for the 2015-2016 season. The only exception will be organized hockey programs. As bulldozers and other machinery quickly demolished parts of the building, some on lookers said they felt a little sad as they spoke of their memories of going to the rink on a regular basis as kids.

“It’s a little sad. I have been going there for over 50 years,” said Roselle resident Roslyn Sandlin.

Her husband, Jeffery, staring at the machines knocking down the walls and scooping up the debris said, “Many of us went there as kids on Sunday afternoons, and I remember always drinking hot chocolate. But I guess it's out with the old and in with the new.”

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The new state-of-the-art, year-round facility is expected to be ready by the fall of 2016. At the cost of $7 million dollars, it will be double the size of the old facility with a new state-of-the-art field house, room for parties, a food concession area, a video game room, a retail pro shop and skate rental room.

The new exterior seating area will be covered to protect patrons from the elements and the rink’s refrigeration building will be renovated.

A new ice rink floor, new bleachers and flooring surrounding the ice floor as well as new boards, glass and nets will also be installed along with a new stone-covered gas fireplace that will run the height of the building. New team locker rooms will be included, too.

You can find more information on the project by visiting the Union County Parks site by clicking here