Keep Cleland Ice Rink Open for the Children of Our Nation's Heroes
  • Petitioned Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn

This petition was delivered to:

Fort Bragg Garrison Commander
Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn
Fort Bragg Garrison Command Sergeant Major
CSM Yolanda Tate
North Carolina Governor
President of the United States
North Carolina State House
North Carolina State Senate
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
North Carolina
Gov. Dan Forest
North Carolina-019
State Sen. Wesley Meredith
North Carolina-02
Rep. Renee Ellmers
North Carolina
Gov. Patrick McCrory
North Carolina
Sen. Kay Hagan
North Carolina-045
State Rep. John Szoka
North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr

Keep Cleland Ice Rink Open for the Children of Our Nation's Heroes

    1. Petition by

      Defending The Blue Line

Lt. General Daniel B. Allyn has made the decision to close Cleland Ice Rink on Fort Bragg effective 27 April, as part of cuts due to sequestration. Ft. Bragg is the home of FORSCOM, United States Special Operations Command, 82nd Air Borne, 18th Airborne, and many other critical units.

More than 75,000 skaters use Cleland Ice Rink each year, almost all of which are families of active duty military personnel. 

This Ice Rink is the home to the Cape Fear Fire Antz Youth Hockey Association, the Fort Bragg Patriots (27 on post hockey Teams), a learn to skate program and Figure Skating programs.

Cleland underwent $2.7 million in renovations over the last 18 months, only to now be shuttered.

The arena is profitable, more than covering its own operating expense, and is not a drain in anyway on resources at the base. Unprofitable recreational activities, such as the golf course, are not being shut down.

How You Can Help:

1.  Sign this petition!

2.   Share this petition with everyone on your contact list.

3.   Contact Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn at (910)-396-4011 and tell him to fight to keep Cleland open.

4.   Contact North Carolina state representatives and tell them stand up for the families of our nation’s heroes.

5.   Call your Federal elected officials in the House and Senate and demand they end sequestration.

6.   Tell base commanders how you feel on Facebook and Twitter.

7.   Join Defending the Blue Line on Facebook and Twitter.


Recent signatures


    1. GREAT NEWS!

      We have great news to report!

      With your help, we have secured a conversation with the leadership at Fort Bragg to find a solution to keeping Cleland Ice Rink open. It isn't done yet, and we need to keep the pressure on, but it is a step in the right direction.

      Thank you all so much for your support! Please keep asking your networks to sign the petition!

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures
    3. THANK YOU!

      At some point last night, we crossed over the 500 signature mark. We want to thank everyone for their support. Please continue to ask your friends & family to sign as well!

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kris Coram CAMP LEJEUENE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      we love the rink

    • Paul Johnston WEST POINT, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Youth and community hockey need ice. Nothing replaces a home ice environment.

    • Chris Kidd COLUMBUS, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      I played hockey there as a kid and would hate to see other kids lose out on this outlet. Hockey has always been a form of therapy for me, and who deserves it more than the kids of active duty service members?

    • Mary Haugan SPRING LAKE PARK, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      I work with a couple of guys in the reserves. I believe their kids deserve to be supported in this way.

    • Valorie Britt RAEFORD, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      While the mom and dads are out defending our country the children need a place to go to have fun.


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