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Publish Date: 3/13/2005

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Elaine Klotz skates at the Longmont Ice Pavilion at Roosevelt Park on Saturday afternoon. The rink — which Klotz and her 8-year-old daughter Molly had to themselves at the time — closes for the season today.Times-Call/Lewis Geyer

Spring thaw begins
Ice rink’s annual season-ending party set for today


LONGMONT — The city’s popular skating rink closes for the season today, and kids of all ages are invited to paint a giant mural on the ice before it melts away for the summer.

Even though March is generally the state’s snowiest month, the warm temperatures that Longmont generally sees this month require the rink to close in the middle of the month.

“We were able to hold ice pretty well on warm days, but when we hit 70 degrees, it was pretty hard to keep it,” said Sue Jacobson, who helped manage the rink for the city.

While usage figures weren’t available Friday, Jacobson said the number of people skating at the rink this season was up.

“We’re very pleased with the overall attendance figures. We had a lot of daytime use, and we had a lot more parties and private rentals,” she said.

While the city pays the workers who run the rink, the operations were sponsored by Longmont Power and Communications and the Platte River Power Authority. That limited the cost to city taxpayers, Jacobson said.

Dismantling the chilling system will take about three weeks, and the equipment will be stored until next season.

Trevor Hughes can be reached at 303-684-5220, or by e-mail at thughes@times-call.com.

 

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