Kremmling hockey players look forward to extended skating season with roof over rink
September 5, 2008
Grand County ice hockey players are looking forward to a longer skating season this winter.
Officials hope to have a $500,000 roof installed over Kremmling’s Chuck Louis Ice Rink by the end of December. The cover will prevent the sun from melting the ice, prolonging the skating season. Plus, snowstorms will no longer cancel or delay games, said Frank Culbreath, president of the Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Program.
The Grand County Youth Hockey Program is the driving force behind the project, he said.
“It’s a great program, our emphasis is on the youth program, he said. “This whole project is for the kids.”
The roof was ordered and workers will deliverer it to the site, across from the Kremmling Airport and near the ball field, in mid-October, he said. “We’re hoping that they have it done by Dec. 31.”
“It will just be a much nicer facility,” Culbreath said. “The program’s come a long ways. The kids deserve a nice place to have practice and play games. It will be nice (not to) have to worry about shoveling snow off the rink.”
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He estimates the roof will extend skating by a month at both the beginning and end of season.
“It works like a big refrigerator ” in a sense,” he added. “We’re hoping that the roof will encourage more kids to come out and participate.”
“It took some time to get the money raised but we had a lot of community support. We’re still shy some money for the electrical aspect of it.”
Among donations, Great Outdoors Colorado gave $200,000; and Grand River Ranch $100,000.
“There’s a lot of small donations that came in that were just as important as the large donations,” Culbreath said. “They all mattered.”
The Town of Kremmling owns the rink.
The program also wants to obtain funding for boards and glass for the rink.
“It’s not a very safe rink,” Culbreath said. “The fans get to participate as much as the (players) sometimes.”
DMJ Contractors of Kremmling is the general contractor. Hiring a local contractor was important, Culbreath said.
The rink is open to the public.
People interested in playing hockey this season should call 724-9768. Costs are reasonable, and the club helps children find scholarships, Culbreath said.
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