After three years of closed doors, the Glacier Ice Arena could be resurfacing in the near future.
Grand Junction City Council received several requests to look into the project. They are now entering the possibility of purchasing the rink. Ken Walter is a member of the local ice skating community and he said reopening the rink would help year round recreation programs throughout the valley, "When the glacier closed in summer of 2010, we reverted, building and running our own little mini outdoor ice rink.
Walter is part of a local non-profit Ice Skating Inc., dedicated to ice skating programs, "I've been playing hockey for 45 years. It’s a wonderful way to stay active".
Walter also has two sons that play in the hockey league and said since the glacier shutdown, it has hurt their play time, "If it's windy or cold, it hurts our program."
The league now functions off a smaller outdoor rink located off North Avenue and 3rd.
Walter said, "Right now, we are sort of on life support, we have 65 families in our program," which is compared to the thousands used to be involved.
Rob Schoeber works as the Parks and Recreation Director for the city and he saidm, "I the city were to look into, we would look into the overall benefit of the community." Schoeber agrees there are benefits to an indoor rink, “Hockey and figure skating has proven to be very popular in the valley."
Walter said this might provide some economic value to the area, "When you have other teams traveling from other towns to play in our tournaments, to play in our league games. There’s a tremendous about of revenue."
He also said he’s received some help, "The community and business have been huge to help us have a successful season."
Schoeber said there is still a lot to think about before the city is completely invested, "Unsure of the banking situation, we are unsure of the cost right now."
For hockey lovers like Walters he can hardly wait, "It's just a wonderful sport, and hockey in particular."