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Ice Mine, formerly Divito Park, ready to open Saturday

| Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The once closed and abandoned Divito Park will have a grand opening this weekend with a new name — The Ice Mine.

"The ice is down; there was skating last night; we ran the Zamboni," said Thomas Kinsey with Approach Advisors, a Belle Vernon consulting firm that is managing The Ice Mine after reaching an agreement with owner Scottdale Bank and Trust in March.

After many renovations and repairs, The Ice Mine has been open for business and will have a grand opening on Saturday.

The building opens at noon with grand-opening activities from 5 p.m. to closing at 10 p.m.

The Ice Mine will have free skating sessions, including free skate rentals for both the ice rink and the roller rink; Froggy Radio will put on a live remote broadcast; and there will be door prizes, including a Brooks Orpik jersey and a hockey party for two hours for as many as 40 people.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the Pittsburgh Penguins' mascot, Iceburgh, will skate with the children.

At 6 p.m., The Ice Mine will have a brief program to thank those who have helped with the reopening of the facility and introduce programs and activities — those available now and those in the near future.

Such programs include skating lessons and hockey for all ages; an in-house developmental hockey program for children 4 to 18; three-on-three hockey where participants play on three smaller ice rinks on the main rink; two adult hockey leagues for people 35 and older wanting to be involved in either a competitive league or a friendly league; a parent and child-style of informal hockey play known as "shinny"; power skating, figure skating, and speed skating; and a community-formed amateur league known as The Ice Miners for Mini-Mites to Midgets (ages 4 to 18) through the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League.

In September, Besa Tsintsadze, who has been a skating trainer for Penguins players such as Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Sergei Gonchar, will hold his three-day academy at The Ice Mine.

Those interested in signing up their children for a hockey summer sports camp at The Ice Mine can get information from Melissa Tzan with the Connellsville Recreation Board at 724-628-0107.

The Ice Mine is located at 5001 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville (Dunbar Township). For more information on hours, prices and programs, visit the website at, e-mail or call 724-626-4ICE.

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