The J.F. Kennedy Civic Arena is one of the City of Rome’s most popular venues. Construction began in 1963 and was completed in 1964. – Renovation on the arena started in 2008 - the arena hosts numerous figure skating and ice hockey events, as well as learn to skate programs for youths. The J.F. Kennedy Civic Arena is also home to the Rome Free Academy Varsity Hockey Team, which plays its home games at the 1,200-seat facility.
The J.F. Kennedy Civic Arena is located at 500 W. Embargo St. in the City of Rome. It is co-located with the Municipal Pool.
The John F. Kennedy Civic Arena is a regional facility, which is used primarily for ice hockey and figure skating form October through March. The primary users are RYHA also known as Rome Grizzlies, a not-for-profit youth hockey organization; Rome Free Academy; a local figure skating club; and various local groups and organizations as well as the general public.
In 2011, Phase II of the renovation project was completed. Improvements to the facility, specifically the warming room and concession area, allow for more and better off-season use of the facility, including usage by teens and seniors.
Municipal Pool is a community facility, which is open from June through August. It meets the recreational swimming needs of west Rome. The arena and pool are served by a large parking lot off of Jay and Embargo Streets with space for more than 150 vehicles. There is also a smaller lot, primarily for employees and hockey officials on the west side of the arena with space for approximately 10 cars.
The Kennedy Arena renovation program (Phase I) which was completed in 2009, included renovations to the ice surface and refrigeration equipment as well as all of the facility's major systems (heating, plumbing, electrical, etc.). The project also included the construction of four new locker rooms as well as new bleacher seating and extended the ice surface 15-feet to a standard dimension of 85 feet x 200 feet. The shell of the building remains relatively unchanged from its original construction in 1963.
The development of Municipal Pool included a standard-size recreational swimming pool; one slide; and a bathhouse with restrooms.