The Iceinline Sports Complex (Inc) is an Incorporated Society which owns and operates an outdoor Olympic sized ice rink in Molyneux Park, Alexandra, the largest one of its type in New Zealand. The local council provided the leasehold land, and the rink was opened in 1993, following many years at the Manorburn Dam under the name of the Alexandra Winter Sports Club. This club was first formed in 1935 and the dam site provided the venue for many regional and national ice skating championships over the years.
The decision to move into town was mainly for economic reasons. The rink needed extensive upgrading, and it was either upgrade or move. With more mums in the work force, and the changes in lifestyle, it was hard getting the kids out to the rink which was 10km from town.
With the move into town, the decision was made to change the name to Iceinline Sports Complex (Inc), as it realised the need to move away from the club aspect, to being a Complex that provides a facility for wider use by the community, and providing a base for the affiliated skating codes to use. The name was subsequently changed to Iceinline Central Inc.
The 60 x 30 metre rink was built largely by volunteers with local building firms giving of their time voluntarily to help get the buildings up to an operational basis providing a Pro Shop stocking ice hockey and figure skating gear; a fully stocked skate hire and canteen; a registered kitchen; changing room; and a large heated lounge area with great views of the rink which, as well as being fully utilised by skaters and parents during the winter season, is available for hire during the summer season. This lounge is proving a great asset and is hired out for private functions - 21sts, engagement parties, conferences etc.
The Complex is run by an Executive Committee on a voluntary basis. The main aim of the committee is to provide an ice facility for public skating as well as providing a base for the affiliated clubs involved in figure skating, ice hockey and curling. These are very healthy clubs with increasing memberships each year. The local schools, plus those from out of town, attend the rink on a regular basis over the winter as part of their winter curriculum, with coaching provided in figure skating, hockey and curling skills. The numbers involved in school groups, are 50-60 per 1-2-hour session from 9am - 3pm. Professional Coaching is provided by the skating club and Iceinline.
The rink employs a manager during the season. The complex also depends on volunteer help during the weekends. The season runs from mid May to early August and is used extensively every day and night, by the various codes, and is also open to the public from 9 am - 4.45pm, with Mondays and Wednesdays being used for curling inter-club tournaments during May and June. During July and August, the rink is open Monday to Friday from 9am - 4.45 pm. The Rink is also open Friday nights for public sessions, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
The rink also hosts several ice hockey tournaments during the winter as well as figure skating competitions and regular curling tournaments. These cater for all age groups. Considering the short season, club members have had great success in all codes at National and International levels.
Entry to the rink is either by casual admission, or season tickets which entitle skaters access to the rink during all public sessions and club coaching sessions. There is a full selection of hire skates in all sizes, plus a canteen providing hot and cold refreshments.
Although the rink is owned by an Incorporated Society, it is also an integral part of the Alexandra sporting scene and a valuable asset to this community. All funds get poured back into improving the facility and working towards enclosing the ice surface.