NORWAY — The warming hut at the town ice skating rink has been completed by the Oxford Hills Technical School construction technology class.

The project began two years ago and is expected to be in use in the next few weeks. The outdoor rink is on Cottage Street.

“We’re always looking for community service projects,” said Dan Daniels, one of two instructors in the class. Each year students take on a project that fits with their curriculum. In this case, the class looks for a project that is similar to residential or light commercial structure building and provides skill in constructing walls, floors and roofs.

Last week, the class finished up the trim work to complete their part of the project.

Last year, Recreation Department Director Deb Partridge and others decided it was time to provide a larger building to house the children in the skate programs and the general public during skating times.

The small outdoor rink is open during the winter for public skating. The recreation area also has open space where children can build snowmen and people can walk, snowshoe and cross-country ski.

The 24- by 30-foot building will allow people to warm up while they participate in the activities. The hut will also include an open deck and lobby area with a bench and storage cubbies.

The old building was large enough to hold about 100 pairs of skates and most skaters simply went home when they got too cold.

The project is being funded by a $15,000 donation from the New Balance Foundation, a charitable organization established in 1981 and funded by New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. Additionally, R.E. Lowell Lumber Co. of Buckfield has offered a discount on the building materials.

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