Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sad news came across the media a few days ago. Our local
skating venue, The Glacier Ice Arena will be closing today after
being in business for only four years. Apparently, when the
arena was built, the company that installed the ice-cooling
system failed to place a rust-inhibitor in the pipes and as a
result, it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to replace
the system, which the family who owns the arena doesn't have.
There is a lawsuit in place, but it is doubtful it would cover all
of the costs. The closure will affect everyone using the rink
ranging from youth skating programs to the Mesa State College
Hockey Team. With the closure, the closest rink to Grand Junction
is in Glenwood Springs, which is 85 miles away and makes for
a long trip. A Facebook group, "Save Grand Junction's Ice Rink",
has even been formed, but without lots of monetary input, the
immediate future for ice skating in Grand Junction looks bleak.