Sandy Springs soon could be hosting ice hockey tournaments and birthday parties on ice.

A Sandy Springs hotel company plans to build an ice rink near the intersection of Roswell Road and I-285.

Mike Aldredge, president of Squire Inn Inc., said he has secured the needed city approvals for the 31,000-square-foot facility and hopes to begin construction next month. “We would like to open next spring,” he said.

The facility will be open year-round and will include a rink for skating and hockey, locker rooms, a snack bar and a pro shop. The business will offer skate rentals, skating lessons, a place to hold birthday parties and summer camps for skating and hockey, he said. The rink also will attract matches between traveling hockey teams, he said.

Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos announced the facility during a chat with the Sandy Springs Rotary Club on July 15. “We are getting a first-class ice hockey facility,” she said.

Aldredge said the rink will be built on vacant land his company owns that most recently had been the site of a Days Inn hotel. The hotel was demolished in 2007, he said, and the company had been looking for “the right opportunity” to redevelop the land.

Aldredge said he was interested in the proposed ice rink because he had coached teams in local hockey leagues when his son played. “I’ve been involved in the hockey community here in Atlanta since the late ‘90s,” he said. “I know everybody here in our community.”

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