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The City of Glenwood Springs is grateful to announce that the ice-skating rink at the Community Center will tentatively reopen on Monday, December 13. Crews have completed repairs to the cooling system and all the compressors are running. All Public Skates, Drop Ins and Stick & Pucks will be rescheduled and Glenwood Youth Hockey and GSHS Hockey teams are anticipated to resume practice at the rink on Monday. The ice rink schedule and more information can be found at www.glenwoodrec.com/189/Ice-Rink.
Access to public skate is included for free to Community Center members. Non-members can access the rink during these activities for $5 - $7 per skater depending on age. Rental skates are an additional $4 per pair as needed. The first public open skate after the reopening is expected to be Monday from 12-1:30 p.m.
“Since this was a top priority of the Parks and Recreation department, and thanks to multiple crews working around the clock, this rebuild will be complete in a record time of three days, an estimated two-weeks ahead of the anticipated schedule,” said Parks and Recreation Director Brian Smith.
Crews continue to rebuild the ice layers, one layer at a time. Typical ice construction takes 7-10 days depending on weather. As of Friday afternoon the ice had been rebuilt to a three-quarters of an inch thickness with crews anticipating building back to one and one-quarter inch depth by Monday.
“Thank you to everyone for your patience and to Grizzly Hockey Coach T.K. Kwiatkowski and the volunteer crews for help with adding lines to the rink,” said Smith. “We are so grateful for the support and patience as we made repairs. We look forward to seeing everyone having fun out on the ice again.”
The rink has been closed due to a stress fracture in a pipe in the rink’s cooling system which caused a mechanical failure in mid-November. In addition to repairs, the City has also upgraded the refrigerant to a more economical and environmentally friendly product.