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Photos by MCKENZIE LANGE/The Daily Sentinel

A Zamboni driver cleans the ice after the public skate at Glacier Ice Arena on Saturday.

Following a walk-through of the Glacier Ice Arena last week, city of Grand Junction staff are evaluating the cost for the city to purchase and operate the facility and the continued need in the community for an ice rink.

Senior Assistant to the City Manager Greg LeBlanc said staff are still in the process of determining what the city taking over the rink would entail.

“Park staff has been evaluating the need in the community and this ties into other needs,” LeBlanc said. “There’s a lot of user groups in any kind of sport.”

The Koos family, which owns the rink, put it up for sale in June 2019 for $2.4 million. Alan Koos said that there has been some other interest in purchasing the rink, but that the city would be an ideal buyer.

“We think that would be a huge thing for the community to keep it up and running,” Koos said. “It’s been great for the community. We’ve had a lot of support for it and the city seems to be the logical choice. We’d be thrilled to death if they take that over.”

Grand Junction Mayor Rick Taggart said the council was not in a position to discuss purchasing Glacier yet, as it was still being investigated by city staff. If the process continues and the city has a serious interest in purchasing the facility, he said the council would have to deliberate on it at a public meeting.

“There has been a significant concern on our part on behalf of the community because skating, we think, is important to the community both now and going forward,” Taggart said. “We have been trying to gather as much information as we can to be able to make a decision.”

Neither Taggart nor LeBlanc could say when the council might have the purchase of the arena on its agenda. LeBlanc said staff still had additional questions regarding the operations of the facility it needed answered before they could move forward.

Koos, who participated in the walk-through along with his wife Robbie, said he thought it went well and took it as a good sign that the city was serious enough to tour the facility. He said the city purchasing the rink would ensure it remained an ice rink whereas another buyer could convert it to another, non-recreational use.

“We’d be very excited to see the city do it,” Koos said. “I know they would do it right and keep it here in the community.”

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