New outside rink in Kagawong is now formally open for enterprise


The official opening of a new indoor outdoor recreation facility in Billings Township took place on January 17th. From left: Councilman Dave Hillyard, Andrew Preyde, Councilman Jim Cahill, Vince Grogan, Michael Hunt, Mayor Bryan Barker, Tiana Mills and Todd Gordon.

KAGAWONG—An official grand opening of the beautiful outdoor recreation facility in Billings Township was held on January 17th. Members of the City Council took a tour of the new indoor facility with Andrew Preyde of the Recreation Committee, while there was an ice skating party for both youth and adults on the ice rink. Pizza was also provided by Bridal Veil Variety in Kagawong.

At a council meeting that evening, Billings Mayor Bryan Barker said, “I would like to thank the volunteers, sponsors and staff, and especially Andrew Preyde, for their dedication to this project.”

“I want to acknowledge our former council and recovery committee for all of their hard work and support,” Mayor Barker said. “This project was a long, arduous undertaking. However, what we see here tonight is a testament to the definition of community, partnership and teamwork and a very welcome addition to our community.”

The ice is in the recreation facility for kids and adults to skate and play hockey. But the rink will not only be available for these activities, but for much more, including the Recreation Committee’s annual Family Day celebrations. The community will again host the annual Family Day celebrations this year, with slides, skates and members of the Billings Township Volunteer Fire Department present to talk to the children about fire safety.

After the outdoor rink roof was installed last year, the rink is expected to become a facility with multiple activities, including use by Billings’ weekly farmers’ market throughout the summer.