Pickerington City Council is expected to consider an agreement June 18 that would allow a nonprofit group to build an indoor ice-hockey facility on 8 acres of city-owned land.
Council is slated to vote on an ordinance that would give the Center Ice Foundation of Central Ohio two years of exclusive rights to 8 acres at 1111 and 1113 Gray Drive.
The foundation comprises primarily parents of hockey players from Pickerington and communities south of Interstate 70.
The group’s leaders said they are seeking to raise about $8 million to build an 80,000-square-foot indoor-hockey rink that would be managed by OhioHealth Chiller, an entity owned by the National Hockey League's Columbus Blue Jackets. The Chiller operates eight indoor rinks in Columbus, Dublin, Lewis Center and Worthington.
Under the proposed ordinance, the city would lease the property to the organization for $10 total for 24 months.
Cherie Koch, a volunteer coordinator with the group, said June 12 the organization doesn’t have “significant” funding in place yet, but the agreement with the city would allow the organization to seek corporate partnerships and other funding.
The group has been soliciting funds primarily via word of mouth the past several months, as well as through a PayPal account and a GoFundMe.com page.
Koch said the group also wants to generate funds through a three-on-three ice hockey tournament it will host July 19-21 at the OhioHealth Chiller North, 8144 Highfield Drive, Lewis Center.