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Structure, and Mission of Union Arena
After several attempts at a number of different locations, the onset of a new millennium brought the focus for a combination indoor ice rink and field house back to the grounds of the Woodstock Union High School (WUHS). An independent nonprofit, called Union Arena,Inc, was created as a 501(c)3 and began the process to design and fund the construction of Union Arena. After several years of hard work to secure private funding for the facility (no tax money was used to pay for the cost of construction, nor is any tax money used to cover operational expenses), construction began in the summer of 2003 and the building opened in November. Upon completion, the building was donated to the Woodstock Union High School. Union Arena, Inc and WUHS signed a management contract, under which Union Arena, Inc. is charged with the task of operating and managing the facility.
outlines certain reserved uses for the school, including having it ready
to function as a field house by the first day of Spring Sports practices
in late March, priority scheduling, being ready to serve as a rain location
for Graduation, and other terms and conditions. It was also agreed that
the school would not be charged for athletic and academic programs conducted
by WUHS during the normal operating school year. In 2004-2006, the school
used over 300 hours for Physical Education, Spring practices, and graduation.
In addition, the Boys and Girls Varsity Ice Hockey teams use the Arena
and mission of the organization:
Cultural activities will include theatre festivals, school graduations, art shows, craft fairs, antique shows, concerts, pet and agriculture shows, and other full community gatherings. Other local non-profit educational, health, and arts organizations will use the facility as a base for community events and fundraising.
Athletic activities will include six months of winter ice and six weeks of summer ice for adult and youth ice hockey; figure skating and public skating; spring and fall indoor sports including field hockey, soccer, baseball and lacrosse (inclement weather in Vermont often forces these sports indoors during fall and spring months); and senior, pre-school and handicapped exercise programs in all seasons.
sum, it will become a safe and supervised community gathering spot for
all ages, year-round.