Alan Koos remembers moving to the Grand Valley in the late 1980s and finding it odd that there was no ice rink in the area.
He and his siblings rectified that in 2006 when they opened Glacier Ice Arena at 2515 Riverside Parkway. But after 13 years operating the ice arena, the Foos family is planning to move on and sell the business.
Glacier Ice Arena is listed for sale for $2.4 million with Venture Advocates, a business brokerage in Grand Junction. The price, Koos hopes, will entice a buyer who wants to keep the business going and maintain an ice arena in the Grand Valley.
"It was always a dream to get this up and running," Koos said. "It's time for someone else to step up and hopefully grab the ball and run with this thing."
Koos and his four siblings got together and financed the $4.25 million project, which first opened in 2006.
This came after roughly a decade of working with a nonprofit, Ice Skating Inc., which was attempting to raise funds for a new ice arena.
In 2010, the business closed for more than three years in order to replace some faulty equipment installed by a subcontractor. The business was briefly listed for sale during the closure, but the family decided to keep it after a lawsuit with the subcontractor.
Koos, who is the grandson of ice resurfacer inventor Frank Zamboni, is the youngest of the four siblings and said it was a family decision to put the business on the market. Most of his siblings are at retirement age or already retired and, he said, would like to move on.
He said that while the family hopes it will remain an ice arena, they will entertain other offers as well.
"We built it as an ice rink, we would like to see it as an ice rink," he said. "But as life goes on, if it doesn't go down that road, we need to move on regardless."
When Glacier opened, it became home to youth hockey programs, adult leagues, skating lessons and free skates. It also serves Colorado Mesa University's club hockey team, which has grown.
Koos said business is still good and that 2018 was a record year for the business. Koos' wife, Robbie, serves as the general manager of the ice arena. "It's touched a lot of kids and families and the university. It's given kids lots of other opportunities that they didn't have before. We're proud of that," Koos said. "It's an important piece for the community, we feel."
Brad Stieg has frequented Glacier since it opened in 2006 and was a member of the Ice Skating Inc. board of directors with Koos when the nonprofit was trying to finance the facility. Stieg remembers prior to the opening that he had to play roller hockey at a rink in town or travel to Glenwood Springs for games on ice.
Since the arena opened, he's been a part of many of the adult men's leagues that have run throughout the years.
"It's a big deal for me and I know for a lot of other people as well," Stieg said. "I'd hate to lose the rink. Not just for me, but for the community as a whole."
Stieg also gives credit to the Koos family for stepping up to make the arena a reality after Ice Skating Inc. could not get the finances together.
"Of all the families in this town, they are one that has given heart and soul to the community," he said.
Dr. Art Weber is another longtime patron of the arena and former member of the Ice Skating Inc. board. He said skating and hockey is his preferred form of exercise.
"Some people belong to gyms, I go down to Glacier," he said. "I think that the Glacier has been crucial to the community."
Glacier is currently closed for the summer season. It will reopen July 27 and operate as normal.
"We had the passion for it. We felt it's been important to the community," Koos said. "We did what we can do and hope someone will keep it going."
EDITOR'S NOTE: The original version of this story incorrectly identified the family that owns Glacier Ice Arena. It is owned by the Koos family.