Kremmling’s Chuck Lewis Ice Rink is getting a roof; now it needs lights |

Kremmling’s Chuck Lewis Ice Rink is getting a roof; now it needs lights

Grand County, Colorado
Photo by Frank Culbreath

Grand County, Colorado’s, ice hockey players will have the advantage of playing under a roof this winter ” now they just need some help seeing the puck.

After the successful campaign to Roof the Rink, workers are installing a $500,000 cover over Kremmling’s Chuck Louis Ice Rink.

Supporters are now promoting a new campaign, “Light the Rink.”

The lights will cost about $25,000. Robinson’s Refrigeration Inc. of Kremmling has already donated $1,000. The program could also receive $2,000 in grants, said Frank Culbreath, president of Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Program.

Outdoor lighting power poles that used to illuminate the outdoor rank were removed.

They were expensive to operate and wouldn’t work in an indoor facility, Culbreath said.

The program also wants to obtain funding for boards and glass for the rink for safety purposes. The price tag for this is $125,000.

“The project has moved forward, the roof is going up as we speak,” Culbreath said. “It wasn’t a lot of talk this time. It’s actually moving along smoothly.”

The Town of Kremmling also has been behind the project, he said.

He estimates the roof will extend skating by a month at both the beginning and end of season. The cover will prevent the sun from melting the ice . Snowstorms will no longer be an excuse to cancel or delay games, he said.

Games are scheduled during the day, but when it snows, extra lighting is needed. Teams practice at night, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“That’s all the different age groups together,” he said, adding that sometimes they’re on the ice until 10:30 p.m.

The project is planned to be completed by the end of December or sooner, weather permitting.

“The support from the community has been really good,” Culbreath said. “(My) big concern now is a roof and no lights.”

Cattle Kings Youth Hockey Program includes players ages 15 to 18 from also over Grand County.

“Everyone’s getting really excited about it,” Culbreath said.

Construction began this week, and the concrete work already is finished and crews have been setting the framework for the roof.

Next week, workers will be installing the roofing itself.

“There’s a lot of smaller details that they still have to do,” Culbreath added. “It’s all the smaller stuff that’s going to take some time.”

The size of the facility is 120 by 210 feet.

“We do have an Olympic size rink that’s a little bigger,” he said, adding that indoor rinks are larger.

Part of the agreement with Great Outdoors Colorado is that the rink is to ” remain an outdoor rink,” he said.

However, it will still provide shelter to fans who attend games. “We’ll be able to put the bleachers under the roof line,” he said.

” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or

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