City of Springfield reopens east rink at Jordan Valley Ice Park

City of Springfield, Mo.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The East Rink of Jordan Valley Ice Park is now open following a temporary interruption in service. Ice programs and practices now resume at the facility on a modified schedule.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Ice Park staff spent the last several days rebuilding the ice on the East Rink following a mechanical failure that caused both the east and west rinks to lose ice.

The facility’s internal ice plant, a system with compressors, pumps and a chiller that keeps the ice rink floors frozen, was taken offline in mid-August to undergo scheduled maintenance and repairs — the first major upgrade to the system since the Ice Park opened in 2001. This maintenance process is scheduled to take about 60 days.

To avoid interruption of service, the contractor for this project shifted ice plant operations to a temporary external unit, installed behind the ice park building for this purpose in early August.

The external unit experienced a pump failure Aug. 29, and the ice on both rinks melted. Emergency repairs and replacement parts were installed, but it took several days for the repaired system to chill the ice rink floor temperature back to 15 degrees, the minimum temperature required to create ice.

Staff began rebuilding the ice Sept. 9, spraying layer after layer of water onto the Ice Park floor until the ice reached a thickness of 1¼ inches, the minimum needed to reopen the rink.

The West Rink remains closed until the internal ice plant is operational, expected in mid-October. With only one rink open, the Ice Park is able to resume programs and practices with a modified schedule:

Updated open skate, figure skating and drop-in hockeypractice schedules are posted at ParkBoard.org/IcePark.

Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey classes resume regular schedules. Participants for the Aug. 13-Oct. 5 session may make up missed classes during the remainder of the session. Public Ice Skating Session passes included in this program will be valid through the end of October, instead of ending Oct. 5. Current participants will also be offered a 50-percent discount on registration for the next session, Oct. 8-Dec. 7. For more information, contact Jolyn Hecht for Learn to Skate and Al Valdivia for Learn to Play Hockey.

Adult Hockey League, scheduled to begin Sept. 15, will now begin Sept. 22. Players should contact their team captains for details.

Spirit Hockey/Springfield Youth Hockey Association resume practice on a modified schedule until the West Rink is reopened.

Missouri State Ice Bears resume practice on a modified schedule until the West Rink is reopened. The first home game of the season for the Ice Bears is Friday, Oct. 4.

For more information on Jordan Valley Ice Park, call visit ParkBoard.org/IcePark.

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