The new Martha’s Vineyard Arena is now officially open. The ice rink has been in use since September, but on Saturday past and present board members, employees, and athletes gathered on the ice for a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

People of all ages turned out for the open skate Saturday at the new Martha's Vineyard Arena. — Ray Ewing

“It’s the first time we’ve been able to get all these old board members and past presidents and everybody around at the same time,” said general manager Peter Lambos. They were joined on the ice by several youngsters, eager to begin their afternoon skate.

“That’s kind of the neat part about taking 40 years of history and bringing it all back,” said Mr. Lambos. “It’s not just celebrating this renovation. It’s celebrating the entire history of the arena.”

The $4.2 million renovation began last spring and includes a more energy efficient refrigeration system, new shingles and an upgraded lobby and concession stand. The renovation was funded in part by a major grant from MVYouth.

Off the ice, Nick Waldman of Vineyard Haven helped his sons Gray, age four, and Dylan, age seven, adjust their helmets. Like many Islanders, the Waldmans are regulars at the rink. “This turns into our every weekend routine.”

Hockey and more — arena is a community hub for ice skaters. — Ray Ewing

Mr. Waldman said the new, more spacious warm room will be much better for his wife to watch them play. And Dylan looks forward to the new concession stand.

On another bench, Madison Packish, 12, held out her skate for her dad, Phil, to tighten the pink laces. She approved of the updates.

“It’s bigger,” she said. “I like it better now.”

Mr. Packish played hockey for the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School as a teenager, and he and Madison spend most weekends at the arena. On Saturday afternoon, Madison got to see her grandfather, Don Lambert, the rink’s first president, have the honor of cutting the ribbon. He did so with the help of high school boys’ hockey captain Ian Trance, girls’ captain Sage Araujo, and figure skater Sally Caron.

“The systems put in place here should far exceed my lifetime,” Mr. Lambos said. In the winter, the arena is always busy. Between 80 and 90 people come for public skating alone on each day on the weekends. “It’s an Island institution,” Mr. Lambos said.