The Fort Dupont Ice Arena has been a part of the Southeast DC community since 1976. It helps make hockey accessible for everyone through events like Gonzaga High School’s Purple Puck Tournament every Christmas, and programs like Kids-On-Ice which teaches children how to skate for free.
Funds promised to the rink by DC government for repairs and the addition of a second sheet of ice are now in jeopardy. In January, Mayor Bowser formally requested to shift the funds promised to Fort Dupont to a different use. Caps owner Ted Leonsis voiced his displeasure with the potential reallocation on Twitter, Friday.