Glacier Ice Arena closing

Children participating in the Fun Hockey Summer Camp skate off the line as they race to the other end of the rink during a drill on dodging obstacles at Glacier Ice Arena Thursday.



Grand Valley residents this weekend can take advantage of a last chance to ice skate — or just watch the skaters — at The Glacier Ice Arena.

The Glacier, 2515 Riverside Parkway, will close Monday after a four-year run.

Owners Alan and Robbie Koos said the closure is driven by a failing refrigeration system that was flawed when it was installed.

Needed repairs to get the arena through next summer, by which time they might be able to find an investor, would cost about $450,000, the Koos family said in a statement.

“This is a very sad and emotional time for us and for the skating community as a whole,” the statement read in part. “We loved providing a safe place for the youth of Mesa County to come and recreate. This is truly a facility that has benefited the Mesa County community, and we truly are disheartened on this sad day.”

Repairs made to the system have run their course, and the system again is failing, the statement said.

The Koos family built the Glacier knowing it was unlikely it would make money, the family said in the statement. Since its opening in 2006, the owners have substantially subsidized the rink every year.

“Due to the current economic climate, there is simply no more money available to sustain the venture,” the Koos family said.

They said they have been working to restructure the mortgage on the Glacier and have hired an attorney to deal with the subcontractor that failed to inject a rust inhibitor in the chemicals that run through the refrigeration system.

A variety of programs will be affected by the closure, including the Mesa State College Mavericks hockey team.

The Glacier will issue prorated refunds for all of the prepaid programs in session for the summer.

The owners are asking customers to contact The Glacier about how to receive refunds by calling 242-7465 or going online to http://www.theglacier.net.


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