ICE IS NICE
ICE IS NICE
Frequently Asked Questions about the MVIAA
Why build an ice rink after the winter we had?
Average skate-able days on outdoor rinks have steadily been decreasing recently. A skate-able day is considered any day that dawns on solid ice that is smooth enough to shovel and skate upon without difficulty. This season, even with some very cold temperatures, we only logged about 15-20 skate-able days on Flathead Lake and in surrounding areas. The ice was often too thin, too soft, or too rough to be considered skate-able. In addition to questionable ice, we had heavy loads of snow that made any backyard or lake rink very difficult to maintain without enormous effort, or expensive personal equipment. As soon as our local ice begins to melt, our skating season is over. With a refrigerated and roofed rink, we would have the capability to extend our very short, unpredictable skating season at least from October to March. This will further our joint efforts to continue to build a healthy and safe community, giving adults and youth a chance to participate in winter activities without putting them at risk on questionable ice. We will direct the majority of our programs toward the local youth organizations in order to provide a variety of year-round activities to children and young adults. We will also endeavor to open up the facility to local groups for a variety of events and activities year-round, including, but not limited to fundraisers, parties, stock shows, fairs, and other gatherings.
Didn't we have a rink before---what happened to it?
The last rink that Polson offered was very successful. As a former user, I can remember the rink being packed with people every time I skated there. The staff was fun and friendly, and the ice was well-maintained. However, the city management staff became alarmed at the misconceived “high amount” of water used on the rink, and shut the project down, to the keen disappointment of staff and rink users. With our refrigerated rink, we will use less water on average than the old outdoor rink, and this water will be paid for by the rink’s program fees and recreation district income. Each surfacing will include 13,208 gallons (50,000l) of water. I feel that we can count on many of the former rink users to come back and be a part of our project with enthusiasm and excitement, contributing to offsetting our operational costs.