Shuttered Glacier Ice Arena on the market
Two years after closing The Glacier Ice Arena, the owners of the ice rink are putting the building up for sale in the hope that a buyer will be able to revive it as an ice rink.
Owners Alan and Robbie Koos took the maker of the faulty refrigeration system to arbitration and, Alan Koos said, won “a fair amount.”
The Koos family, though, has had enough and can’t move forward with reopening the building at 2515 Riverside Parkway.
“It’s been two years fighting this battle” and the strain has taken its toll, Koos said.
“It’s a tragedy, it really is,” he said. “It’s been tough on the family.”
The Koos family shut down The Glacier, which it had operated for four years, in June 2010, saying that further operations could do irreparable damage to the refrigeration system.
That system was installed without a rust inhibitor and the Koos family sued the installer, a Canadian company.
An arbitrator juggled Colorado, Canadian and U.S. law before reaching a decision, Koos said.
Mechanically, The Glacier could be reopened, Koos said — just not by the Koos family.
“We would love to see it stay as an ice rink,” Koos said, but the family needs to move on.
The Glacier Ice Arena is no longer in foreclosure, he said, and the owners are open to “new opportunities, if somebody wants to do something with us.”
The Glacier garnered a strong following in the four years it was open, hosting open skating, hockey leagues and the Colorado Mesa University hockey team.
“We have a pretty good commercial market right now and I’m hopeful we can find a buyer,” said Theresa Englbrecht, the Coldwell Banker Realtor handling the sale, adding, “We’d all love to see it come back as an ice rink.”