Little Compton has the necessary equipment to open its own hockey rink pavilion. Now, the town just has to decide where to put it.
Currently, the School Committee and Recreation, Conservation and Open Space Committee are looking at land behind the public safety complex, somewhere near the center of town, or near the tennis courts.
"There's a lot of public sentiment about it," said Steve Flowers, a resident who owns a small welding business. He is one of three locals who seized the opportunity to bring the rink to town last spring at the end of hockey season.
Flowers said Salve Regina University had brought a new hockey rink to Portsmouth Abbey School. Maintenance workers who knew the men from Little Compton informed them the refrigeration tubes that came with the new rink were either blocked, restricted or were not working. A deal was made where if the Little Compton business owners could break down the rink in two weeks, including the concrete slabs and the glass boards, they could take it.
Flowers said they came with their tractors with forklifts and trucks with trailers and got the equipment out in one day.
"It was a challenge removing it," Flowers said. "We started spreading the news looking for a place to put it."
Behind the public safety complex is the most popular idea in town, Flowers noted. He said it is being investigated since they might need to be granted well and abutter restrictions, as well as access to parking.
The overall goal is to have a rink pavilion, which will include a roof, Flowers said. With that, the rink can be converted into a volleyball court or an indoor soccer field.