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New funds bring Fraser ice rink plans closer to reality

Reid Armstrong
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

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Potential additional funds and grants could increase the scope of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District sports complex project by more than $950,000.

The $1.2 million construction project initially included a small concessions stand and bathroom facility at the west end of the park. After analyzing available funding, and with the urging of the community’s ice hockey enthusiasts, the board decided to replace its small in-line skating rink, which it fills with water for ice skating in the winter.

The prospect of a full, regulation-sized hockey rink brought with it new hopes and desires – chiller tubes for the ice, a cover for the rink, locker rooms, zamboni storage and a larger warming hut.

More technical items on the board’s wish list include purchasing a 1 acre-foot water right, in-floor radiant heating for the concessions building and gas service.

With the award of the project to Boxwell in March came a $200,000 private donation. The rec district has since applied for a $200,000 GOCO grant, $250,000 from the Sprout Foundation through the Grand Foundation and $55,000 from El Pomar Foundation and the National Hockey League Players Association. The district also has $100,000 in contingency funds and savings from construction on the rec center to put toward the project and an offer of about $84,000 worth of in-kind donations.

If all those grants come through, the district would still need to raise $137,000 to fund all the add-ons on its wish list, but the prospect of getting a covered ice rink is looking more promising than it did a few months ago, rec director Scott Ledin explained to the board at its April 20 meeting.

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Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin May 24 on the original phase of the project. Should the additional funding come through, construction on the ice rink will begin June 21.

– Reid Armstrong can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610 or rarmstrong@skyhidailynews.com.

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