Park City plans to create outdoor rinks at City Park
Park City ice skaters offered themselves another option this winter.
Recreation officials plan to transform the municipal park’s tennis courts into outdoor ice, which will create a wintery atmosphere for skaters. It is also expected to ease some of the pressure on the Park City rink during a winter when skating sports may temporarily increase in popularity with the Winter Olympics slated for February.
Park City Rink General Manager Amanda Angevine provided information on the city park plans in a recent communication to Mayor Andy Beerman and the park city council. Staff members want to open three rinks on the courts in early December, but beginnings depend on the weather. The national weather service earlier this week called for high temperatures above freezing at least until Sunday.
Staff members have purchased three 6,000 square foot ice rink kits that will be placed on top of the hard tennis court. Water will be poured into the kits. The kits are not refrigerated, which means the ice will depend on freezing temperatures. Each of the kits cost $ 6,632, according to the submission to elected officials. The three rinks will be separated from each other and there will not be a continuous ice surface.
The ice will operate as long as conditions allow, with Angevine indicating that the ice could potentially last as long as the end of March. The kits would be withdrawn thereafter. Ice wouldn’t bother the tennis courts or the pickleball marks there.
The rinks are considered a pilot program.
“The creation of a new outdoor site focused on inhabitants and residents is an exciting opportunity to expand existing services at a relatively low cost,” says the information from Angevine.
The schedules remain under study and should extend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with maintenance thereafter. Hours would drop slightly from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. identified in the information provided to elected officials. The reduction would aim to reduce the impact on people who live nearby.
The times will also depend on the ice conditions. Angevine says the rinks on certain days, especially in the spring, could remain closed until evening depending on the ice conditions.
The Quinn’s Junction rink has long been popular, resulting in blocked schedules sometimes ranging from 5 a.m. to midnight. The times of public skating rival sports like hockey, figure skating and curling.
The arena anticipates increased interest with the Games in China slated for mid-winter. There is usually a surge in popularity of skating sports during an Olympic winter, as the competitions are broadcast to a large audience. While Park City is best known for preparing skiers, snowboarders, and athletes for Olympic-level board sports, skating sports also have a following locally.
Recent communications indicate that “the demand for ice skating increases historically during an Olympic year and having three rinks at the municipal park will help meet the increased demand.”
Skating at City Park will be free. Staff members see the lack of admission fees as something that helps advance the city hall’s social equity efforts.
Angevine says the location allows the ice rinks to harness the lights of the municipal park. Lights already in the park eliminate the need for new ones.
The upcoming creation of ice rinks on tennis courts is scheduled towards the start of a winter which has started off lackluster. Park City Mountain Resort has delayed the opening of the ski season due to persistent dry weather. There was very little low level snow in the Park City area at the start of the week.
Recreation officials recruit volunteers to serve as ice technicians at the municipal park. More information is available at: parkcity.org/departments/human-resources.