As a hockey mom whose kid plays the sport year round, I spend a lot of time in ice rinks. http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/03/13/kensico-dam-ice-rink-bad-letter/99135436/

Re “Westchester Exec. Rob Astorino seeks legacy at Kensico Dam ice rink,” March 9 column:

As a hockey mom whose kid plays the sport year round, I spend a lot of time in ice rinks. Rob Astorino’s Kensico Dam ice rink proposal tells us hockey moms what common sense already does — that the rinks can’t make money and would operate at a loss.

There are 50 rinks within an hour’s drive of the Kensico Dam. I have yet to see complexes filled close to capacity during skating hours at any of the rinks in the Northeast that I visit each month. Why invest taxpayer money in outdoor rinks that can only be used seasonally? While playing hockey outdoors holds a certain nostalgic value, ice conditions at outdoor rinks are far from ideal because of weather conditions. If there’s one thing all hockey players and ice skaters value it’s good ice. The administration maintains that outdoor rinks would attract high school hockey teams, yet the $24 million proposal glaringly omits plans to build and maintain locker rooms — you don’t roll up out of your car in hockey gear.

Operating ice rinks is costly. We should be supporting Westchester rinks already in business instead of subsidizing this shortsighted government plan.

I’d like to know what Rob Astorino’s real agenda is here because it’s not serving the taxpayer’s best interest.

Shannon Powell

Larchmont