GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The Glacier Ice Arena, has been a valuable part of the local community since 2006, without it the Colorado Mesa University Hockey Club wouldn’t exist.
The goal of the arena has always been to grow ice skating and other winter sports in western Colorado, and the new owner, River City Sportsplex is holding to that.
Glacier Ice Arena was a fixture in the Grand Valley before it closed in June. Now under new ownership, the uncertainty is over and General Manager Philip Flink says the future looks bright. “Since we opened on Oct. 8th, the response from the community has been incredible,” Flink said.
The rinks future was on thin ice until Rough Riders Sports Club, a national management group, purchased the arena. Now under a new name, River City Sportsplex, the ice arena stays and that’s not all. “They have ambitious plans for what to do with this space here, we are going to be expanding outside building a bar restaurant, adding beach volleyball and outdoor hockey,” Flink describes.
Construction should be finished within the next year, but community members and CMU’s Hockey Club have already jumped on the opportunity to hit the ice. “We are beyond excited,” Reese Kegans, CMU Assistant Athletic Director says, “We loved the old owners of the rink, we really appreciate all the help the new owners are showing right out of the gate, but the whole thing about having an ice rink is for the community.”
With Grand Junction’s population on the rise, the new owners hope community involvement will grow too. “We’ve got a lot of new people that have played hockey or skated in the past that are excited that there is still a facility in town they can use,” Flink says, “We are diversifying the programs that we offer, we are adding a lot these next couple of months from what we’ve had here in the past, we are just trying to get as many people involved as we can.”
River City Sportsplex is now open and you don’t need to wait till construction is finished to get back on the ice.
CMU Hockey got back on the ice just last night for their 5th annual Pink the Rink fundraiser event and it was a winner. They’ll donate the $10,000 they raised to St. Mary’s