GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) The Glacier Ice Arena shut down on June 13th, 2010 due to a faulty ice refrigeration system that was installed by Pace Industrial, a Canadian refrigeration company. The Koos siblings who own the Glacier went through a Canadian arbitration in hopes of collecting the expenses to repair the system.
After two years, the Canadian arbitration was finally settled, and the Glacier did receive an award settlement for the damages. The award amount would have been enough to repair the damage and re-open the rink if it would have been received shortly after the rink was shut down. However, two years have gone past and debts accumulated. The full amount of the award was liened by debtors who had filed claims against any arbitration awards leaving insufficient funds to repair the refrigeration unit.
The only option at this point is to offer the Glacier for sale in the hopes that an investor will see the opportunity to re-open it as an ice arena.
"We had the hockey leagues, kids that learned to skate, to figure skate, the college, everybody, the public session; it literally affects hundreds and hundreds of kids and families, and it was a great thing for the community. We're extremely sorry to see it go this direction, we've fought the battle as hard as we could go; and as long as we could do it, and circumstances put us where we are here today, and we'll have to sell it. We really want it to be open for the community. It is something that has always been our dream, and life is the way it is; but we still want it for the community no matter what," says Alan and Kathy Koos, Glacier Ice Arena owners.
The Glacier is listed with commercial realtor Theresa Enlglebracht at Coldwell Banker Home Owners Realty.
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