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Celebration to say goodbye to old ice arena

Residents are invited to be part of history on Sat., Feb. 16 as the Park District bids farewell to the old Ridgeland Common in preparation for a major renovation of the flagship facility. Alumni from Oak Park River and Forest and Fenwick high schools will get things started at 4 p.m. with the last hockey game played on the old rink. The game will be followed by a special figure skating exhibition and then two hours of public skating to music performed by Chicago Blackhawks organist Frank Pellico. Appearances by former Blackhawks players, games on the ice and photo portraits on the Zamboni also are planned. Prizes will include an hour ice rental and a birthday party package in the activity room when Ridgeland Common reopens, as well as autographed hockey jerseys and pucks. Admission is $6 or free with a rink pass. Skate rentals are available for an additional $2 and the concession stand will be open. For more details on the event and renovation visit