Help Us Freeze the Rink in the coming winter season. An update from Friends of the Rink:
“Freeze the Rink” Fundraising Campaign. Siskiyou Ice Rink needs to raise $65k for new compressor and zamboni repairs in order to open this coming winter.
The Good News:
The Siskiyou Ice Rink 2015-2016 season was its best season ever! 11% more skaters visited the rink than the previous season, and the rink’s revenue increased by 9%.
A rink expansion, primarily funded by an anonymous donor, increased the rink size to full National Hockey League regulation-size, making it the only regulation-sized outdoor rink in California and enhancing the overall skating experience for rink visitors. With the rink’s expansion, youth and adult hockey programs saw an increase in participation and player satisfaction.
Friends of the Rink funded cement improvements in the waiting/viewing and fire-pit areas, including improvements to wheelchair access areas; purchased new rubber padding, hockey netting and backer panels; and funded youth hockey equipment, allowing youth to participate for a minimal registration cost, a rarity in youth hockey programs.
The Bad News:
At the end of the 2015-2016 season, one of the two compressors that are crucial components of the rink’s chiller system seized and is not repairable. Cloudy and cool temperatures allowed the rink to remain open, completing the season despite this loss. However, for the coming season, it won’t be possible to make and maintain new ice with a single, old compressor. The failed compressor must be replaced with a new one or we will be forced to cancel the 2016-2017 season!
The rink’s original compressors were purchased used in 2001 after an ice rink closure and liquidation. They were replaced in 2007, with remanufactured compressors, and these compressors have given Siskiyou Ice Rink and the community almost a decade of service. The cost of replacing the failed compressor is estimated at $55,000, including a remanufactured compressor, coolant, and annual maintenance of the cooling system this is needed to achieve maximum performance of the system.
Zamboni repairs are needed.
The rink’s classic (1971) zamboni was also purchased used, in 2003. Its main hydraulic pump, wash-water pump, and horizontal auger motor need replacement. Additionally, several hose leaks need to be repaired along with improvements to the snow tank. The estimated cost of replacement parts and labor is $10,000. A functioning Zamboni is essential to rink operations – we can’t provide quality ice without it.
Help us keep the ice rink open by donating and helping spread the word about our fundraising campaign.
Total goal: $65,000. Donate through PayPal at our Freeze the Rink campaign: www.youcaring.com/friends-of-the-rink-siskiiyou-ice-rink-564850.