It has been nine years since Grand Junction residents first considered building an ice skating rink. Wednesday officials from Ice Skating Incorporated said those plans are nearly finalized as the city confirms its new plans. The city had only a few concerns with the building plans for the site on 2515 River Road.
According to officials with Ice Skating Inc., the real problem the group faces is tracking the costs. Now the project is over–budget according to Ice Skating Inc. President Curt Maki said at the meeting at F.C.I. Constructors. Wednesday the said that they were “working with a shoe–string budget,” but that hasn't stopped them from believing this project will get done.
According to officials at the meeting, several aspects of the financial plan were not appropriately budgeted. For instance,
the ice maker originally budgeted at $20,000 will cost about $350,000. Despite the budget setbacks the committee is still preparing to break ground around February 1st.
If everything remains on schedule the committee says the $2.5 million dollar ice rink will officially open to the public sometime late this summer.
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