IceBox ice rink in Fraser set to open Nov. 21
FRASER -The IceBox ice rink in the Fraser Valley Sports Complex is scheduled to open at noon Monday, Nov. 21, a delayed opening due to warm weather.”The icemakers need the weekend to make it ready for traffic. They began making ice Tuesday evening,” said Scott Ledin, director of Parks & Recreation.Starting next week, the ice rink will be open daily. Fees range from $3 for district residents and $5 for non-residents. Skates are available for rent, and season passes can be purchased.The Fraser Valley Hockey Association leases the facility and has several youth and adult leagues. Currently, there is no women’s team; however if there is interest, there could be one.The ice rink schedule is posted on the Rec District’s website, http://www.fraservalleyrec.org, and the 2011-2012 Winter Recreation guide is available in print. Budget challengesThe 2012 rec district budget is completed with limited capital expenditures, according to Ledin.”We are funded by property tax, and with the reassessment there is $180,000 we will not see next year,” Ledin said. “We are operating on a balanced budget.”There are challenges, however, as the Grand Park Community Recreation Center approaches its busiest time with daily visits and memberships spiking.”Overall, daily visits is an indicator of our use. We are down 5 to 6 percent this year compared to year one,” he said. “But it’s to be expected; year one is a honeymoon period, although the numbers are still much above what we expected before going to bond.”What factors are impacting their numbers? Ledin said some factors are the economy, the exodus of families from the valley, weather, and discretionary spending habits of consumers. Rec recycling?The Grand County Recycling Coalition has been awarded a grant for a monthly recycling drop off for Fraser Valley residents. The organization is still determining the best location for the drop off. One location they are eyeing is the Fraser Valley Sports Complex though nothing has been finalized. The organization’s mission is recycling education and expanding opportunities. The drop-off recycling will not be free – the cost is $1. Energy proposalThe board and staff of the Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District are reviewing a potential alternative energy source from Littleton-based Colorado Forest and Energy. The company develops alternative energy sources and works with communities to use local materials.The company has been approved to do a site analysis and the district has signed a letter of understanding to determine if it’s a possibility in Fraser.The BioMax unit would use beetle killed trees to provide power for the facility such as heating the pool. It would be an alternative to using Mountain Parks Electric, and Ledin said Mountain Parks supports the concept.”More business would need to buy into this energy source so the company can establish a distribution center,” he said.
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