Owners plan to open Glacier Ice Arena again Nov. 1
Start visualizing yourself pulling off a perfect Salchow and begin practicing your hockey stop.
Co-owners Alan and Robbie Koos say they expect to reopen Glacier Ice Arena on Nov. 1. The facility has been closed for more than three years.
“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 on Monday.
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 on Monday 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.
The city, Colorado Mesa University and ice lovers across the community have long wanted to see the ice rink open back up.
CMU’s hockey team played at the ice rink and the facility hosted open skating and other hockey leagues.
Watching hockey players and their teams travel outside of the area to play has been painful to watch, especially because the exodus has meant tourist dollars leaving the community, said Rob Schoeber, the city’s parks and recreation director.
“This is one of those things that keeps the community vibrant,” Schoeber said of the ice rink. “We’ve been talking with Alan numerous times trying to get something going. He’s very passionate about getting something in the works.”
Schoeber said he hopes the Parks and Recreation Department can offer some ice rink programming for the facility sometime this winter.
Alan Koos said he wishes he could get the ice rink open sooner than the first of November to allow teams time to practice. He said he feels positive the rink will be open this winter, but that he couldn’t promise that it will be until details of his arrangement with the investors are finalized.