KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The city of Kyle will host a groundbreaking Jan. 21 on an outdoor roller hockey rink to honor a local child who requested the project through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Ash Pavillion will bear the name of Ash Crane — who will turn 11 the day of the groundbreaking — a Kyle resident who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a congenital heart problem he’s had since birth. Crane has undergone about 15 heart procedures in just 10 years.
Crane’s condition qualified him to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas and the child asked for a public hockey rink, so he could share his love of hockey with everyone.
“We were more than happy to see if we could join forces and figure out a way to make Ash’s dream a reality,” City Manager Scott Sellers said. “We’re still shy of the goal by nearly $80,000 but we believe the people and business owners of Kyle will see the need and offer to help make this boy’s dream come true.”
With support from the City of Kyle, Make-A-Wish and other donors, the pavilion is on track to be ready for local Kyle children later this year. The groundbreaking event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and feature a ceremony, music and birthday cake.