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Griff’s Ice House completes expansion

November 18, 2013
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The groundbreaking ceremony took place almost a year ago to the date. And on Tuesday, a second ceremony will happen to signify the project’s completion.

The Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation, DP Fox Sports & Entertainment and the city of Grand Rapids will celebrate the construction of a new multi-purpose room at Griff’s Ice House on Tuesday, beginning at 5:15 p.m., at 30 Coldbrook NE, just east of Division Avenue.

“This project is an example of what can be accomplished when partners work together to improve the quality of life of our residents,” said Lynn Rabaut, executive director of the Griffins Youth Foundation and former Grand Rapids city commissioner.

Multi-purpose room

The project added a 1,200-square-foot multi-purpose room to the northeast side of Griff’s Ice House, which offers two rinks and skating classes for the public.

 The Griffins Youth Foundation will use the new room for its educational programs. The room will also be used for some off-ice conditioning.

“I’m pleased that together DP Fox Sports & Entertainment and the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation are able to reach deeper into the community to include a larger group of our at-risk youth population to participate in a sport that sometimes is cost prohibitive,” said Tim Gortsema, senior vice president of business operations for DP Fox.

The Griffins Youth Foundation paid for half of the expansion cost, which wasn’t disclosed. The other half will come from revenue at Griff’s Ice House and the facility reserve fund.

Griff’s ice House is owned by the city, managed by DP Fox and used by the nonprofit Youth Foundation for its many programs.

The Grand Rapids Griffins, an AHL franchise and defending Calder Cup champions, also practice at the facility. 

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