Facebookers offer support to Grand Junction ice rink

Owners considering options for keeping facility open awhile

A Facebook page dedicated to saving the Glacier Ice Arena was fast approaching 1,000 members on Monday.

“The ice rink was great for many reasons and I loved going with all my friends. I was finally starting to get good at skating!” one person, Cheyenne Beach, posted on the site, Save Grand Junction’s Ice Rink.

Another, Jessica Dumke, said the Glacier’s popularity stretched beyond the Grand Valley, noting that friends from Telluride had planned to visit the Glacier “to get in some ice time,” but were frustrated by the closure of the arena.

“We live in Denver but have enjoyed watching our grandkids play hockey in Grand Junction,” wrote another poster, Sally Brand. “They love the rink and their hockey. Here’s hoping something can be done to keep it going.”

The owners of the arena, meanwhile, said they were working on two fronts to get ice back on the popular rink.

Alan and Robbie Koos are considering legal action against the Canadian company that installed the refrigeration system in what the Kooses say was a faulty manner. They also hoped to get a bank account to which people could donate toward getting $450,000 needed to open the rink again temporarily.

The Koos family kept the rink open through last weekend, but said they couldn’t operate it any longer without risking even more damage to the refrigeration system.

“It was a really busy weekend,” Robbie Koos said Monday. “It’s been a big, positive push toward bringing the money in.”

Many who contacted her said they could afford only small donations, but offered “legwork” to get help.

Posters on the Facebook account had no shortage of ideas, including Lisa Jones-Vollrath, who commented: “Maybe we should call the Avalanche and ask if they would help? I know that in NHL teams have supported their states with rinks.”


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