Juneau's Ice Skating Working Group greeted a new mission last week. After years of searching for project funding, group members began to tackle the possibility of spending it.
Under the current schedule, skaters could be gliding across ice at a proposed rink in Douglas' Savikko Park in the fall of 2002. Architectural firm Jensen Yorba Lott will work on a detailed design for the project this summer, principal partner Wayne Jensen said. The firm will be assisted by a team of engineers.
The Douglas Fourth of July Committee is contributing $40,000 for the project design, President Rich Poor said.
City Engineer John Stone said staff members will take the design and put the project out to bid this fall. Construction should start this November with Sept. 14, 2002, as the target date to start skating, according to the project schedule.
The search for funding hasn't completely ended. The Douglas Fourth of July Committee is accepting contributions for an ice resurfacer and dasher boards, Poor said.
City Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer said the city plans to hire an ice rink manager next spring. The manager would help find a nonprofit group to run the rink's skating programs, fine-tune fees, solicit advertising, develop a schedule and work on rink regulations, she said.
Kiefer also is working on grants so the project's two phases can be finished together. Current plans call for the first phase of the project to include everything but a paved driveway, dehumidification equipment and locker rooms.
"It will be nice to have it all done so it's finished," she said.
The project cost is expected to be $3 million. The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee approved funding for the project last week. The Assembly is scheduled to finalize its budget in June. Others funds are coming from state grants and sales tax revenues.
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