Fate of Ice Alaska site may be up to Legislature

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FAIRBANKS — The fate of the Ice Alaska site in Fairbanks may be determined in the last few weeks of the legislative session.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Ice Alaska organizers hope the Legislature will trade or transfer land from the state-owned Alaska Railroad Corp. to the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Ice Alaska has leased land from the railroad along the Chena River to host the World Ice Art Championships for 15 years. Ice Alaska will remain on the land until June.

But organizers say if the ice park is forced to move, it will shut down and not return.

Borough administrators have asked lawmakers to force the railroad to transfer the land to the borough. But state attorneys said the Legislature would have to make an exception to state law.

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