Rink, Marmer part ways

MANCHESTER - Riley Rink at Hunter Park has announced that they will be eliminating the job of executive director, a position held by Susan Marmer for the past eight years. The president of Hunter Park, Chris Ams, will take on the day-to-day responsibilities.

In the press release last week, Bill Hadden, president of the Hunter Park's Board of Directors, said the board had come to a mutual agreement with Marmer that it was time for a change.

"We're very excited about moving forward and focusing on Hunter Park's future," Hadden stated in the press release. "We wish Susan the best of luck going forward."

Marmer spent a total of 15 years at Riley Rink and before becoming the Executive Director was on the Board of Directors for four years. In an interview this week at The Journal, Marmer expressed her gratitude to everyone she has worked with in her time at Riley Rink.

"There are many reasons why we were successful for the past eight years, but I would be remiss if I didn't point out that a lot of that success is due to the wonderful, hard-working full and part time staff that makes the operation hum 360 days a year, 14 hours everyday," she said.

Marmer added that she has received a tremendous amount of support and wants to thank everyone for doing so.

"I have received an amazing amount of community support and I'm so appreciative for all the phone calls, emails, letters, and overall encouragement. For me, it really validates the work I've done and reinforces that I have made a positive impact on many people's lives during my tenure as Executive Director of the Riley Rink at Hunter Park," she said.

In her time at Riley Rink, Marmer helped to create programs such as Camp Freeze, New England Hockey Academy for high school boys and high school girls, Riley Rink Hockey Academy, International Hockey Camps, and Connections, which is a program designed to provide opportunities for adaptive physical fitness and leisure activities for the special needs population of the Northshire area.

She also helped organize fundraising events like Boston Bruins Alumni Games and Live Green Energy Expo and Music Festivals. She helped the rink become licensed for a 72-seat restaurant, taking over all food concessions, started the Jonathan Levin Scholarship Fund, along with non-ice special events, trade shows, and an eight week indoor turf program.

In 2008 Marmer implemented an energy efficiency project installing a low emissivity ceiling, new fluorescent lighting over the ice and installing computer controls on the ice making equipment. The net result was a 48 percent decrease in kilowatt hour usage.


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