Icebox refrigeration budget reduced
August 3, 2016
A decision by Mountain Parks Electric Inc. (MPEI) will reduce the Fraser Valley Rec District's estimated budget for the potential refrigeration system at the Icebox Ice Rink. MPEI has made progress on reviewing and reducing their "capacity charge." The initial capacity charge estimate was $43,000 and the new estimate is $12,000, which allows the rec district to reduce their project budget by about $31,000.
Scott Ledin, director of parks, recreation, and golf, is hopeful for the fundraising efforts that are supporting this project. Ledin referenced the new playground in Fraser, which took about three years to complete. He said he understands these projects take time and is not sure when the rec district will have enough money to install the refrigeration system, but hopes it will be within the next few years. The installation of a refrigeration system will allow the Fraser Valley Hockey Association to have normal practice schedules without relying on weather and ice conditions. The fundraising efforts have come a long way so far, and there are still some potential grants that are pending in the budget that could help move the project along.
The refrigeration project is comprised of three components – purchasing the refrigeration system, bringing three-phase power to the facility, and constructing a steel building to enclose the system.
The Fraser Valley Hockey Association has decided to move their golf tournament from August to September 25 to allow some folks who play key roles in running the tournament to attend. The tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the refrigeration project.