I see in this weekend’s Northfield News that there’s an article titled Combined facilities discussed. The Ice Now, Northfield Skatepark Coalition, Northfield Area Family YMCA, and Northfield Tennis Association (website?) groups all met with the City recently to talk shared facility possibilities.
That’s good news, but I’m wondering why there’s been no mention of doing what other communities have done/are considering: outdoor refrigerated rinks (AKA ‘artificial outdoor ice’ and ‘artificially-chilled ice skating rinks’) that can also be used for other purposes.
In today’s Sunday Strib:
Slushy rinks might get the big chill: Mild winters have some metro cities considering a switch to refrigerated rinks.
And in this month’s issue of The Rake:
Outer Ring: The Temple is Melting: The soggy state of hockey in the era of global warming
Herb Brooks is quoted in 2003 as saying:
“Why do we have all these arenas around town? To give kids the chance to play, right? But they’re expensive! What if we could find a more cost-effective way to get more ice and allow more kids to play? We need to supplement the indoor arenas-artificial outdoor ice is the missing link.”
And downtown St. Paul has the Wells Fargo WinterSkate, an outdoor, artificially-chilled ice skating rink adjacent to the historic Landmark Center.
I could imagine a similar rink in Ames Park, adjacent to downtown Northfield that would serve as a skate/blade/bike park in the off-season.