The Anthony Ford Fund is sponsoring a picnic in Spring Lake Park Thursday September 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to showcase our new location! The new pond has a different look and a lot to offer in terms of location, parking & facilities.
Come see this beautiful setting for yourself as we share ideas for the pond hockey classic on Feb. 6 & 7, 2016. Also, check out the improvements to outdoor rinks and new warming house at Spring Lake!
We will be keeping it simple serving hot dogs, chips, etc. Hope to see you there.
Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Committee made the decision to move the outdoor pond hockey classic to Spring Lake Park in lower North Mankato. The new venue will give us a new look and has a lot to offer regarding location, parking and overall facilities.
It was a tough decision to leave Lake Washington and Westwood, our home for the last 7 years, and the "birthplace" of the Anthony Ford Pond Hockey Classic, (Thank-You, Matt Tyree & Ellen Wild!), but the change of venue has much to offer. Being in town means better access for volunteers, spectators, and players. Parking for hundreds of cars will be great!
The City of North Mankato has committed to giving Brady Peters support in getting the rinks ready, and Mr. "Business on Belgrade" Whitlock has offered their assistance with concessions!
Overall, we really feel this will "take this to the next level"! The mission of our Anthony Ford Fund has always been 3-fold- Youth scholarships for kids who need financial aid; "Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia"; and "Future ice needs in the area".
This past year our committee asked the question- "a new sheet of ice is great long range goal, but what can we do NOW to help with ice needs"? We felt that helping improve outdoor ice was the answer & this partnership with North Mankato gives that definition! So stay tuned! (Will we still have to "enjoy" Lars singing the National Anthem "Aca-pulco"?! Absolutely & we have a few more "surprises" in store!!
The date is set for February 6 & 7, 2016. Adult competition on Saturday the 6th and Youth competition on Sunday the 7th.
We look forward to celebrating another great day of outdoor hockey. Thank you for your participation and contributions!
This year again will feature a 2-day event with adult competition on Saturday and youth competition on Sunday. With our 12 rinks, we have the capacity for 32 teams each day. Our rinks are made with “Nice Rink” boards to make your game day experience even better.
Stop back for more information on our 2016 Classic