Rink safe despite big cracks
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – City building officials plan to fix large cracks in the concrete apron surrounding the Community Center’s ice rink. But city construction manager Pat Seydel said he’s not concerned about the overall stability of the structure.
Interim Parks and Recreation director Al Laurette informed members of City Council last week about cracks around the rink that are “kind of scary.”
But after taking a look at the quarter-inch-thick cracks running along the back side of the rink between the roof support arms, Seydel said he’s not concerned about the structural integrity of the rink enclosure.
“The roof is supported by concrete piers 30 feet deep,” he said. “It’s not going to go anywhere. Those piers are down to a gravel layer.”
The cracked concrete is simply a flat slab poured onto the ground. Seydel said he surmises that water has been running down the hillside behind the rink and under the concrete, allowing the freeze-thaw cycle to crack the slab.
“Hopefully the water problem can be removed,” he said. “They have a couple of diversion ditches there that should catch the flow.”
The rest of the problem will be remedied – at least for now – by filling the cracks with caulk.
“I think caulking should really help to alleviate it,” he said.
The ice rink cracks are the latest problem to arise with the Community Center’s concrete sidewalks. In the 16 months since it opened, there have been some sinkage problems with the sidewalk outside the west entrance and a patio in back. Those problems have since been fixed.
But like the rink, the Community Center itself is well-supported, Seydel said.
“The building’s structure is no problem.”
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