Indoor Sports Facility

City Council Votes to Move Forward with a Two-Rink Ice Skating Facility on Church Road

At the September 18, 2017 meeting, Councilmembers approved a scaled down version of a new Indoor Sports Facility that will be built on Church Road. The planned facility will now have two ice rinks and no basketball/volleyball courts and will cost $24 million to build. 

The original project was to build five courts and two rinks at a cost of $28 million. However, when  cost estimates were revised earlier this year, the price tag jumped to almost $39 million. Because of the higher cost, Council felt a re-examination of the project was necessary.

A meeting and public hearing were held in June, but no decision was made. Staff was directed to examine different, less expensive options and to provide information about how the matter could be taken to referendum, if Council decided to do so. The results of that analysis were presented to Council at the September 18, 2017 meeting and the public again had the opportunity to offer comments on the project during the public hearing. 


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The process for selecting a site for the facility was extensive. Using the City's GIS system, undeveloped parcels of land that were in close proximity to central Bowie and of sufficient size were identified. In the end, a 20-acre parcel off of Church Road (northeast of Freeway Airport) was selected as the best location. In 2015 a site analysis was conducted and negotiations began with the owner (Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission). The property was acquired by the City in the spring of 2016. 


The timetable for this project is being updated to reflect the changes to the scope of the project.