No more waiting for skating
The Glacier Arena, closed since 2010, will reopen Saturday.
On Tuesday, members of the Koos family, which founded the rink, started the process of rebuilding the ice.
Jaden Koos, son of Alan and Robbie Koos and the great-grandson of Frank J. Zamboni, fired a spray of water out across the base of the rink, which was covered by a layer of sand. Interwoven through the sand is labyrinth of some 11 or 12 miles of pipe, which will chill the sand and water mix, Jaden Koos said.
Once the sand is frozen, it’s covered with thin layers of water to about three-quarters of an inch, ultimately yielding a white surface — it’s paint, actually — and the markings needed for hockey.
“The ice isn’t very thick at all, It doesn’t need to be,” said Koos, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering at Colorado Mesa University.
On Saturday, there will be a grand reopening of the Glacier, 2515 Riverside Parkway, at 2:30 p.m. with public skating until 4:30.
A free hockey exhibition will continue from 4:45 to 6:45, pitting the mens A-League team from Grand Junction and the Glenwood Springs team.
The rink will be available again for public skating from 8 to 10:30 that evening.