Amelia Park Ice Arena is a sports complex and memorial garden, financed by the late Westfield, Massachusetts philanthropist Albert F. Ferst, in memory of his wife Amelia. Throughout her lifetime, “Millie’s” intent was to give back to the community, especially the youth, in providing positive opportunities for them. Mr. Ferst shared his wife’s ideals.
In 2000, the Ice Arena that Millie envisioned several years ago became a reality. Unfortunately, her early demise prohibited this gracious lady from seeing one of the First’s many generous acts come to fruition. The Albert & Amelia Ferst Operating Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit entity, was formed in 1998, with the expressed purpose of building 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; a figure skating lounge; three party rooms; a skate rental and sharpening area; 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 one acre memorial park.
Our Commitment to the Community!
- At the 90th Anniversary Celebration in October 2012, Carole Appleton was awarded Master Kiwanian Status for her work with the New England Invitational Sled Hockey Tournament held annually at Amelia Park Ice Arena.
- Amelia Park Ice Arena Board Member, Barbara Braem-Jensen, was be 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!
- 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!