Veteran's Memorial Recreation Center

Veteran’s Memorial Recreation Center in River Rouge, a suburb of Detroit appears to have been built around 1976, as noted by the stone memorial in front of the building. It consisted of two buildings – Daniel D. Riney Hall and the Memorial Ice Rink. The hall was home to the River Rouge Boxing Club for a time, as well as a recreational hockey league. In 1995 ambulances rushed 30 players, coaches and parents at a Pee Wee hockey tournament to the hospital after they were sickened by fumes from a malfunctioning ice resurfacing machine.

It isn’t clear when the facility fell out of use, but by 2007 the roof over the rink had begun to deteriorate, and by 2012 there were large holes in the roof. After at least a decade of vacancy the building was demolished in the summer of 2021. US Steel paid for the demolition as part of a settlement with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy over the release of air pollution from a nearby steel mill.