The Owner of Mel’s Rink Responds to Letter from County Executive (PHOTO)
UPDATED Jan. 8 Mel’s Rink may be moving to a new location.
In an email dated Jan. 7th, Poolesville resident Marc Kohn says he appreciates County Executive Ike Leggett’s personal interest in Mel’s Rink, and Kohn says he would like to meet with county officials to discuss relocating the backyard ice rink that was built in memory of his daughter. So far, there’s been no word on when that meeting will take place.
“It wasn’t my intention to make it a public place,” Kohn writes. “I had no idea so many Poolesville kids would show up.”
Earlier this week, Kohn temporarily closed the rink after receiving a notification of violation from county officials, and a personal letter from the county executive.
In Leggett’s letter dated Jan. 5th, the county executive expressed his appreciation for Kohn’s vision for the rink and all the time and effort that went into building it.
“I would be happy to explore partnering with you to relocate the ice rink to a more suitable location,” wrote Leggett. “This would ensure that lighting, parking and the health of the public are protected while they enjoy the rink.”
County inspectors issued a notice of violation to Kohn on Dec. 30th noting that a recreational facility, such as the rink, is not permitted in the Agriculture Reserve. That notice was followed by a meeting about the synthetic rink with the Director of Permitting Services, earlier this week. So far, there has been no word on when the next meeting may take place.
Five days ago, Kohn announced a GoFundMe page to “Save Mel’s Rink.” That fund has raised over $4,300, as of Jan. 8th.
You can read Leggett’s letter to Kohn, in its entirety, below:
You can find more coverage of Mel’s Rink, below:
While local hockey fans may be cheering on the Capitals tonight, Poolesville residents are hoping to soon hit the ice in their neighborhood. Dozens of residents turned out for a meeting in support of a proposed synthetic ice rink at a Poolesville Town Commissioners meeting on Monday night; where Montgomery County officials presented residents and local […]
In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett talks about Mel’s Rink, a backyard ice rink in Poolesville, and the options county officials may discuss in a meeting this week. You can find more coverage of Mel’s Rink, below:
UPDATED Jan. 8 Mel’s Rink may be moving to a new location. In an email dated Jan. 7th, Poolesville resident Marc Kohn says he appreciates County Executive Ike Leggett’s personal interest in Mel’s Rink, and Kohn says he would like to meet with county officials to discuss relocating the backyard ice rink that was built […]
UPDATED Poolesville resident Marc Kohn has launched a GoFundMe page, entitled “Save Mel’s Rink,” as he prepares to fight to keep the play space, which opened in December, in his backyard. “I built a skating rink on my property in Poolesville, Maryland that I’ve named Mel’s Rink,” writes Kohn on the GoFundMe page. “It’s a […]
The owner of Mel’s Rink, Marc Kohn, met with county officials this week to discuss his backyard ice rink, which is located in the Agricultural Reserve, in Poolesville. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Permitting Services Director Diane Schwartz Jones talks about that meeting and the county’s concerns with the rink. County inspectors issued a notice […]
UPDATED A Poolesville resident, Marc Kohn, has constructed a synthetic ice rink in his Poolesville backyard on Sugarland Road in memory of his stepdaughter, who passed away in July and who loved hockey. In December, he invited the community to skate and play hockey at the rink. But, according to published reports, Montgomery County officials […]