The magic of backyard skating glides into Howelsen Hill when the tennis courts are converted into two outdoor lighted oval ice sheets for the upcoming winter season.
Public skate, figure skating and hockey will be provided on the new outdoor sheets, managed by the Howelsen Ice Complex staff. The rinks will utilize the tennis court’s current lighting system during evening hours.
The city will install complete rink system including liners, brackets, sideboards and other accessories from NiceRink, a Wisconsin fourth-generation, family-owned business that’s been around for nearly 70 years creating frozen traditions and memories. The lines in the non-refrigerated sheets light up brining a cool vibe to night skating.
“In a time where indoor capabilities are limited and public opportunities are scarce, we’re able to create unique recreation opportunities for the community,” said Parks & Recreation Director Angela Cosby. “As we continue to think creatively, activities such as this are only possible through public/private partnerships.”
OPERATION December - March
Support the Sheets
The project is possible primarily due to generous contributions and donations from numerous individuals and sponsors. However, if the community would like to support this new winter capital project or other Ice Complex capital projects, donations are being accepted through the Howelsen Capital Improvement Fund: Ice Arena, housed at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation (YVCF).
Donations of $250+ can be made through the YVCF online portal and contributions under this amount should be by check and can be mailed or dropped off at the Howelsen Ice Complex or the YVCF office.