Glenwood’s ice rink goes the way of the wicked witch of the west
The hot spring sun has melted any notion of an extended ice skating season. With the recent blast of warm temperatures, the once-frozen Glenwood Springs Community Center ice rink now looks more like a mighty duck pond.
Even the artificial chill of a compressor couldn’t keep the rink open any longer.
“We’re melted,” ice rink manager Kari Vasquez said Thursday. “Our anticipated time of closing was Sunday, so we were close.”
The rink was officially closed for the season Wednesday, leaving ice hockey players and ice skating enthusiasts to wait until November.
“We skated at noon Wednesday, then at 4 or 5 (p.m.) some fuses started blowing,” Vasquez said.
Ice technicians declared the skating season over, telling the Community Center staff that they were “holding on a little tight and it was time to let go,” Vasquez said.
In all, the first year of ice skating was enormously successful, she said.
“It was amazing. I think we went above and beyond anybody’s expectations,” she said. “Our public skating was huge. I’ve probably skated in 50 rinks and this was the biggest public skating anywhere.”
With the end of ice skating, inline skating can’t be far behind.
“We’ll pick up our inline program the week school gets out,” Vasquez said.
Other tentative plans for the rink’s buffed concrete surface include a place for vendor booths during conventions, concerts and dances, and an obstacle course for remote control cars.
“It’s a big space that definitely can be used for some different things,” she said.
Although it’s time to kiss the ice goodbye, the Community Center does have a new novelty – the bouncy castle.
“It’s a huge, indoor moonbounce – it’s fun,” Vasquez said. “I was the first one to try it.”
Vasquez described the new plaything as a blow-up castle where kids 12 and under can bounce around during parties and special events. The castle inflates in about two minutes and can be put just about anywhere, as long as the ceilings are high enough.
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