The Viera Company and the Central Viera Community Association celebrated the grand opening of La Roca Park on Saturday with nearly a hundred visitors.

The park is complete with an outdoor hockey rink, a rock-climbing feature, concrete cornhole games, playground area, open play areas, pavilion, restrooms, and mail kiosk. Although La Roca Park is located inside the Sierra Cove neighborhood, any Central Viera community resident can use its amenities.

“It’s hockey day in Viera,” said Todd Pokrywa, president of The Viera Company. “It’s here on the rink at La Roca Park that our community’s children have a new opportunity to learn important life skills while having fun and playing a game I grew up playing in Canada. “

Pokrywa played both street and ice hockey in his youth while living in Toronto, Canada. He said the sport isn’t just about points and passes, it can teach children the value of teamwork, time management, respect and determination.

“This new park offers yet another safe opportunity for our community’s families to enjoy Viera’s active, outdoor lifestyle,” Pokrywa said.

The grand opening, which featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, DJ, bounce houses, face painting, and food trucks, kept both kids and parents entertained. But the highlight of the day was the free roller hockey clinics offered by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Lightning Made Hockey.

“We’re here to promote hockey, teach kids all about the sport and help grow the game,” said Aaron Humphrey, youth ice & street hockey coordinator for the Tampa Bay Lightning. “With this new rink here, we’re looking forward to the future of the kids growing on this side of the coast.”

Previous to the opening of La Roca Park, the closest place to play hockey was at the Space Coast Iceplex in Rockledge. Now, Viera residents can practice off the ice a little closer to home.

“Innovation is what builds a community stronger and better. We believe that with this rollerball rink here, we can create a symbiotic relationship with the Space Coast Iceplex,” said Matt Smith, owner of Space Coast Iceplex.

Grab your hockey pucks and climbing shoes and head over to La Roca Park this summer to experience a new kind of fun. The park is located at 8157 Knotwood Avenue in Viera.