Hislop: Glacier Ice Arena should form nonprofit

One way to restore the ice in Grand Junction could be to take a cue from the frozen tundra, a Mesa County legislative candidate said.

The Glacier Ice Arena was closed Monday to preserve what is left of the refrigeration system, which was installed without a rust inhibitor when the rink opened in 2006. The owners, Alan and Robbie Koos, are considering legal action, and also are working with Save the Rink Inc., which is collecting donations to repair the system.

Rather than collect donations, the rescue effort might do better to form a nonprofit corporation that would take over the rink and operate it, Bob Hislop, who is running for state House District 54, said in a posting on the Save Grand Junction’s Ice Rink Facebook page.

“We need to consider a Green Bay Packers option,” Hislop wrote, suggesting the Glacier could sell shares in the arena, much as the National Football League football team sells shares in the nonprofit corporation that owns the franchise.

The Packers have been owned by the nonprofit corporation since Aug. 18, 1923.

“I don’t skate, but I would invest in the Glacier Arena to support our community,” Hislop said in his post on the Facebook site.

The Green Bay Packer option is one that occurred to the Koos family, which owns the rink, Robbie Koos said. She and her husband, Alan, are looking at changing the Glacier ownership into a nonprofit corporation, she said.

“We’re meeting daily with people, we’re getting calls daily,” Koos said. “I do feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

In addition to the Facebook page, a nonprofit corporation has been established to collect donations toward the rink.

Save the Rink Inc.‘s website, http://www.savetherinkinc.com., now can collect donations at the Paypal link on the site.

Contributions also can be made to Save the Rink Inc. at any Alpine Bank location in Colorado.


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