A few years ago, members of the Sterling Community Club built an outdoor ice rink in Sterling, but according to Bob Oakes, Club president, there were problems with the surface heaving.
"Last summer we put together a team of local volunteers and construction companies and we graded out 2,200 yard of material and brought back in new material and gravel that was not frost susceptible. Next year we hope to go on and pave the surface and put sideboards up on the rink," said Oakes.
To date, the rink has been built entirely from local contributions, labor, and in-kind services, from local businesses like Quality Asphalt, Raven Contractors, and Merkes Enterprises and Sterling Tool as well as Unocal, Peak Oil Field Services, and Udelhoven Oilfield System Services. Through the efforts of Judy Warren, the group is hoping for a $30,000 grant this year to complete the paving and make a combination hockey rink and tennis courts for the community.
Last week the Sterling Community Club hosted a grand opening and bar-b-que at the rink that was enjoyed by everyone in the local area. "We had a great time, and we're really happy with the results of everyone's efforts, but we'd also like help from anyone who can help us locate the snow-machiners that have been vandalizing the property. Anyone that has any information is asked to call the State Troopers," said Oakes.
The Sterling Community Club was formed back in 1953, and organized as a non-profit organization in 1959. The Club owns some six acres east of the Sterling Elementary School and to date has managed approximately $145,000 worth of improvements to area including baseball fields and a pavilion known as the Sterling Community Park.
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