GJ ice rink to reopen in November

Start visualizing yourself pulling off a perfect Salchow and begin practicing your hockey stop.

The Glacier Ice Arena, which has been closed for more than three years, is expected to reopen and have ice for skaters and hockey players starting Nov. 1, according to owners Alan and Robbie Koos.

“It’s been three and a half years and we’ve never stopped working on getting it back open from behind the scenes,” Alan Koos said today.

Koos said he has secured investors to help get the ice arena operational again. The facility at 2515 Riverside Parkway operated for four years but closed in June 2010 because of a faulty refrigeration system. Operators determined a rust inhibitor had not been installed and decided that continuing to keep the facility open would further damage the rink. The Koos family sued the installer and won an undisclosed settlement.

The refrigeration still is not fixed, but it should be soon, Alan Koos said.

The Kooses requested during a Grand Junction City Council workshop this morning that the city‘s Parks and Recreation Department line up programming for the ice rink and the city waive some landscaping and parking lot requirements for the site to get the facility back open.

“How could you say no?” Councilor Bennett Boeschenstein said during a break in the meeting. “They didn’t ask for any money.”

“It got us off the hook,” Councilor Phyllis Norris added.

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.



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