The Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool will open the the first phase of the Alyson Dudek International Ice Center to the public during a grand-opening event at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.
The ice rink will be located in Hales Corners Park near the basketball courts and Veterans Memorial and next to the Hales Corners Pool.
People of all ages will be able to enjoy free, outdoor ice skating on the 64-foot by 88-foot ice rink. The rink
will eventually be a permanent winter venue in the Village of Hales Corners, and will honor its
hometown hero Alyson Dudek. Dudek and her teammates won the Bronze medal in short track
speed skating at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is currently on the U.S. World Cup
Team and is working towards qualifying for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Alyson Dudek International Ice Center is a public-private partnership between the Friends of
Hales Corners Park & Pool, Milwaukee County Parks Dept., Village of Hales Corners, and private
businesses. Phase II of the ice center includes an outdoor picnic pavilion with restrooms and is
planned to open in 2014.
"It is so exciting to see our vision become a reality for the park," says Don Schwartz, president of
the Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool and chair of the Alyson Dudek International Ice Center
Committee. "We thank the community and local businesses for their generous donations and all
of the partners who have been diligently working together for the last 24 months to make this
For more information about the Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool and the ice rink project,
At 3 p.m., following the grand opening, Whitnall Middle School teacher will host a a Green Bay Packers viewing party at the Hales Corners Pool Clubhouse. There will be pregame music by DownFall, the Packers and Cowboys game on large screen HDTVs, food, drinks and a silent auction. In addition, former Packers great Gilbert Brown will be a guest speaker at halftime and give an anti-bullying presentation before signing autographs.
Admission is free.