Repairs force Columbus Ice Rink to close for 2 months

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comJune 28, 2013 

The Columbus Ice Rink will be closed for July and August to make repairs to a leaking floor heating system, Columbus Civic Center Manager Ross Horner said Thursday.

The Ice Rink has a floor cooling system to freeze the ice and a floor heating system in the concrete around the ice, Horner explained. The heating system helps the concrete deal with the stress created by the adjacent ice, he said.

The actual ice rink is not affected by the leak, but it will have to be taken out for the repair to be made, he said.

The staff noticed recently that the brine which flows through the heating system was leaching up through the concrete floor.

The repair will cost about $6,500, Horner said, and revenues lost for the two months, which he estimated at between $25,000-$35,000, should be easily offset by utility savings. The repair is not under warranty, Horner said, but the cost is within his budget.

July and August are two of the least busy months at the rink, Horner said, because there is very little adult hockey activity.

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