To the Editor:

Ridgefield Winter Club has fulfilled the first step in our promise to build a family-friendly venue for our town — and honored our commitment to bring jobs, increased tax revenue, and a community-appropriate facility to Ridgefield.

From the moment the RWC was envisioned, we have embraced our responsibilities as a good neighbor, likely one of the reasons why more than 120 supporters have shared letters on our behalf, nearly 600 people have liked our Facebook page (facebook.com/SupportRWC), and many more have visited our website (ridgefieldwinterclub.com).

RWC estimates an increase in the property taxes paid that will help fund vital town services, and reduce the burden on individual taxpayers. It will create 20 additional jobs.

The ice rink will be open between (November-March). Weekday mornings, skating only will begin at 7 a.m., with other activities starting after 8. On weekends, the ice rink will open at 8. All recreational activities will cease by 9:45 p.m., or earlier; the outside lights will go out at 10 p.m., or earlier; and the clubhouse will close at 11 p.m., or earlier. Travel hockey will not be part of the RWC’s programming.

In April/May and September/October, the RWC’s clubhouse — but not the ice rink — will be open, likely for 3-4 days a week. RWC will be closed in June, July, and August.

From the the state-of-the-art light and sounds systems (both of which will be contained on the property) to limiting any traffic inconveniences, the RWC’s design puts the community first.

RWC will fill a seasonal void in town and give families a new place for recreation and to gather in the winter, and guarantee that Ridgefield’s local standards remain intact. We live here, too — and there’s nothing more important than fulfilling the promise to our community.

Bud Brown

Founder, Ridgefield Winter Club