Amelia Park is an ice arena/sports complex and memorial garden, financed by the late Westfield philanthropist Albert F. Ferst (1919-2011), in memory of his wife Amelia. In 2000, the Ice Arena that Millie envisioned several years ago became a reality. Unfortunately, her early death prohibited this gracious lady from seeing one of the Ferst’s many generous acts to the Westfield community come to fruition. The Albert & Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity, was formed in 1998, with the express purpose of building & maintaining this recreational facility and garden in her memory. The main building is a 47,000 square foot facility which includes a NHL sized ice rink with seating for 600; party rooms; a skate rental and sharpening area; limited pro-shop; four locker rooms and a food concession area. A 65′ x 170′ outside inline skating rink is located next to the main building and near Amelia’s Garden, a 1.3 acre memorial park.
To provide youth & families, regardless of race, color, age, national origin, gender, creed, or economic status, the opportunity of access to a quality recreational facility, in an attractive, well-run enviroment. Our intent is to always keep in mind the spirit of the most generous gift, given in memory of Amelia Ferst.
Albert & Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OUR BOARD IS COMMITED TO THIS COMMUNITY!
*On October 26th, 2011, Amelia Park Ice Arena was honored to receive the 2011 Paul Winske Award from The Stavros Center for Independent Living. The award is given to businesses and individuals who have improved access for persons with disabilities. THANK YOU!*
Amelia Park Ice Arena Board Member, Barbara Braem-Jensen, was honored on Nov. 16, 2011 as Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser at the Annual Western Massachusetts Philanthropy Day Awards from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. CONGRATULATIONS, BARBARA!