For Immediate Release      


Erin Grandstaff,, (202) 570-0510

Charlie Patterson,, (202) 680-8132

Friends of Fort Dupont Reaches Deal with the District of Columbia Around New Rink

Washington, D.C. February 19, 2019 – Below is a statement from Willem Polak, Chairman of the Fort Dupont Board of Directors, regarding the agreement reached with the District of Columbia and the Friends of Fort Dupont to build a new rink at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena:

“The new 2-rink arena has been a dream for the Fort Dupont Ice Arena (FDIA) kids and their families for years. This agreement with the District of Columbia now puts the new rink on a clear, even if steep, path for becoming a reality.  I want to thank Mayor Bowser, City Administrator Young, Council Chairman Mendelson and of course Ward 7’s own Vince Gray for their leadership in reaching this milestone.”

“Under the agreement reached with the city, when the Friends of Fort Dupont’s (FFD) raises $3 million, the District will award the construction contract for the new 2-rink arena. If FFD can raise the $3 million by February 1, 2020, the first shovel in the ground could be as early as October 2020. This is the first time we’ve had a definitive schedule that FFD can control … even if it’s a heavy lift.”

“We will now focus our energy and support on the task of raising money and are aiming for $3 million by next February!  Please continue your support for the kids.Raising this money won’t be easy, but with your help we can do it. Please visit our gofundme page to help.”