Here are a few things you should know about the new community venue:
1. Thank the Riley family for jumpstarting this long-desired project.Eight years ago, the Riley Foundation contributed $400,000 to ensure completion of Riley Park, and the foundation contributed $100,000 to get the ice rink project moving. "We are excited to be able to support this worthwhile enhancement for families and friends enjoying the quality of life in our community," George Riley said.
2. The rink is refrigerated.Skaters won't be disappointed if we have a warmer winter. The rink can remain open until the temperature rises above 43 degrees (Fahrenheit).
3. You can skate with a crowd.Community and economic development director Kevin Christiansen, who spends a lot of time on the ice, said the 80' x 40' rink will likely be able to hold up to 50 skaters at a time.
4. You may need to pick up a shovel.City manager Vince Pastue said Department of Public Works employees will be maintaining the ice, but after a snow storm, they'll likely be busy clearing streets. Plans are to leave a shovel so that skaters can clear the ice themselves and help keep it open.
5. The city and DDA need your financial help, too.Officials estimate $300,000 will be needed to build a facility "that meets the quality and character the community has come to expect," according to a press release. To get the ice down in December, the city and DDA will back the project as a fundraising committee works on its goal of $150,000.
Correction: The temperature in item 2 was incorrectly reported in the original version of this post.