The Gardens Ice House
Gardens Ice House
Location 13800 Old Gunpowder Rd
Laurel, MD 20707
Opened September 13, 1996[1][2]
Owner Claiborn (Clai) Carr and Tom Hendrix[3]
Operator Clai Carr[1]
Surface Multi-surface
Architect Waterer and Thorp[4]
General Contractor Waverly Construction[5]
Washington Power (MLRH) (2008–present)
Washington Jr. Nationals (AJHL) (2010–2014)

The Gardens Ice House is a privately operated skating and fitness facility in Laurel, Maryland. Built on Fairland Regional Park land, the venue features an Olympic ice rink, two NHL rinks[6] (the third of these added on January 1, 1999),[1] and since November 2013, an outdoor mini-rink.

The Gardens is a public-private partnership between the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Top Shelf Development.[6] The facility hosts the Mid Atlantic Skating School, Gardens Figure Skating Club, and Potomac Curling Club, as well as the annual Maryland Scholastic High School Championship.[7] It hosted the American Indoor Football league's Maryland Reapers in 2012 and Washington Eagles in 2013. The facility hosted the Washington Jr. Nationals from 2010 until their move to Vermont in 2014. The Gardens is the home arena for the Washington Power roller hockey team.

"Whitey's Pond", an outdoor skating venue open from November to March each year, had its grand opening at The Gardens on November 1, 2013. Named in honor of veteran hockey rink owner Whitey Guenin[8] of Indiana,[9][10] the rink will feature 3 on 3 adult hockey,[8] described at other rinks as a form of pond hockey.[11][12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Black, Ted. "Former Capital a fixture at Gardens Ice House", Post-Newsweek Media, January 29, 2004. Retrieved on November 2, 2013. 
  2. The Gardens Ice House – Laurel, MD. GroundSpeak, Inc.. Retrieved on November 1, 2013.
  3. Vocus (August 28, 2013). The Gardens Ice House Breaks Ground on New Outdoor Rink. Press release. Retrieved on November 2, 2013.
  4. Tattersall, Bill. "Ice rink construction team ready to go to work", April 12, 2001. Retrieved on November 2, 2013. “Waterer and Thorp of Bryn Mawr, chosen as the project architect, has designed three other community ice facilities – The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, Md....” 
  5. Whiskey Bottom, General Contractor, Waverly Construction (June 7, 2011). Retrieved on November 2, 2013. “The Gardens Ice House ... Waverly acted as the General Contractor”
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Gardens Ice House. Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved on November 1, 2013.
  7. "The Gardens Ice House Renews with Pointstreak", Pointstreak Sports Technologies, June 8, 2012. Retrieved on November 1, 2013. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Media General Communications (November 1, 2013). The Gardens Ice House Grand Opening of Whitey's Pond Friday November 1st at 4 p.m.. Press release. Retrieved on November 1, 2013.
  9. Hockey Hall of Fame Members. Indiana State High School Hockey Association. Retrieved on November 1, 2013.
  10. Kavanaugh, Martin G (2009). A Hockey Road Well Traveled: Memoirs Of A Master Coach. Author House, 77. ISBN 978-1-4490-0327-2. 
  11. 3-On-3 Adult League Frequently Asked Questions. SoNo Ice House. Retrieved on November 1, 2013. “there is the 'Pond Hockey' factor of the 3-on-3; there are fewer rules”
  12. Rival 3 on 3 Hockey. Rival Ice House. Retrieved on November 1, 2013.

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