Welcome To The Gardens
Founder and President
One of the founders of the Ice House, Clai, was raised in New England and learned to skate on the neighborhood pond in Pound Ridge, New York. Played hockey at Kent School, Kent, CT, Upper Canada College (Toronto, Ontario) and Middlebury College in Vermont. Clai raised three sons all whom have played or continue to play hockey. President of the Howard Huskies in mid-80s for two years and co-founded The Tri- City Eagles in 1993 and co-founded Team Maryland in 2006. Professionally, he was an active real estate developer.
The Gardens Ice House in Laurel is the largest skating and hockey facility in the DC/Maryland area. Located in the Fairland Regional Park near Laurel, Maryland, two miles from Interstate 95, The Gardens Ice House a 150,000 sq/ft skating facility in the Mid-Atlantic region. We are open every day of the year. Some of the highlights include: 1 seasonal outdoor rink, 1 olympic sized rink and 2 NHL Regulation sized rinks, one with an 1800 people capacity.
Start your journey on the ice here at the Gardens Ice House
Billy Carr, CRA
General Manager and Vice President
Marketing Director Since 2010. Worked on the team that helped build The Gardens Ice House in 1996. Lived in NYC for 10 years while working in the NYC public school system as a social worker. Lives in Laurel with his two children.
Worked for The Gardens Ice House since 1996 and prior to that for 16 years at Rouse & Associates with a background in accounting. Lives in Baldwin, MD - married for 39 years and has four grown children and one grandson.
Manager of Operations
Started working part time at The Gardens Ice House while in high school. After graduating from the University of Maryland, worked for the Washington Capitals for 3 years, then returned to TGIH full time. When not at TGIH Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
General Manager and Co-Founder- Retired
Graduate of Bowling Green College. Business partner and general manager of The Gardens Ice House since it opened in 1996. Lives in Columbia, MD. Congratulations on your retirement, Tom!
Front Desk Administration
Nikki has been with the Gardens Ice
House since January of 1999. Nikki has
a Bachelors’ of Science Degree
from Towson University where she
majored in Sports Management. She
also has a minor in Business
Administration as well as Art.
Front Desk Administration
Started working full time at The Gardens Ice House in April 2005. Irene is the Administrative Manager/Learn to Play Hockey Administrator. Enjoys spending time with her two sons when not at work. Her favorite Washington Capitals player is Braden Holtby.
Marketing & Communications Director
Kim started working at The Gardens Ice House part-time in 2013 while attending George Mason University. After graduation, she taught Spanish before returning to TGIH full time in 2020. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.
While overseeing our Learn to Skate program Greg has rejuvenated and transformed it into one of the premier Learn to Skate programs in the area.
Come see why Greg and our Learn to Skate coaches are making skating at The Gardens Ice House the highlight of their day.