HALLOWELL — A new Kennebec County ice rink will be named “The Bank of Maine Ice Vault,” project officials announced this morning at a groundbreaking ceremony.

The new rink is slated to open this summer. The former rink, which saw its roof collapse last winter under the weight of snow and ice, was called the Kennebec Ice Arena.

Peter Prescott, owner of the ice rink and CEO of Everett J. Prescott Inc., said the new rink will include conference rooms and state-of-the-art locker rooms. It will also become the home rink for a newly formed nonprofit organization called the Skating Association of Maine that will encourage and support ice skating programs throughout Maine, officials said.

The old arena’s roof collapsed last March 2 under the weight of a heavy load of snow and ice. At the time, police said it was a miracle nobody was injured when the roof came crashing down about 3 p.m.

The three people who were inside during the roof collapse were all adult employees or volunteers. There were no events scheduled at the time of the collapse, which happened during a brief break between a public skate and youth hockey.

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