Martha's Vineyard Arena - Renovation Project


Visit the Martha’s Vineyard Ice Arena during a hockey game or figure skating show and you might find yourself in a packed house of up to 400 people. One year after its renovation, the "Barnes - Swartz Rink" is thriving, impacting more Island youth through ice activities. Visitors and users continue to give enthusiastic reviews about how much they love the renovation and are enjoying the ice.

This year, following a three-year partnership, the Ice Arena and YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard merged organizations, establishing increased sustainability for the future. We increased ice activities for infants to college ages, including youth and high school hockey, figure skating, learn to skate programs, stroller skating, birthday parties, school field trips, drop-in hockey and skating. We now have four part-time positions for teens in the Pro Shop, and three full-time positions for young adults. This summer, we added a youth hockey league, five hockey camps, and a hockey skills night with Cape Cod Hockey, providing positive activities for youth and high school boys and girls. We have increased our collaborations with other Island non-profits as well. In collaboration with the West Tisbury Library, this summer we offered a Skate and Read Day free to the community with Bruins Mascot Blades.

Thanks to your incredible generosity providing a first-class ice skating facility, we are able to continue an important Island legacy of providing ice activities to our community and impacting more people as we expand our organization.

Martha's Vineyard Arena - Renovation Project


The Martha's Vineyard Ice Arena re-opened to big smiles and lots of eager skaters in September following the seven month, near total renovation. The Arena organization, users, and guests are thrilled with the renovation's outcome, and eternally grateful for the amazing support of MVYouth. Since reopening, the Arena has hosted hockey and skating activities for youth ranging from infant to college. These activities include youth hockey, high school boys and girls hockey, NCAA DIII men's hockey, figure skating, learn to skate programs, stroller skating, birthday parties, school field trips, drop-in hockey, and public ice skating. In addition, four new part-time jobs have been created for teens and young adults at the Arena. The upgraded playing surface, of the “Barnes - Swartz Ice Rink” is performing wonderfully. The rink is surrounded by new hockey boards and glass, and is kept frozen by a state of the art Ice3 heat pump cube system. The cubes produce refrigeration which freezes the ice, and as a byproduct simultaneously produces waste heat which is captured and used to heat the warm areas of the facility. Thank you for your support and help in providing a first-class ice skating facility for our Island community.