The Kenai Ice Rink and the new refrigeration unit received its official dedication last week. City officials along with a color guard from the VFW, American Legion, and Young Marines were on hand for the ceremony as temperatures hovered around the zero mark.
The KCHS band struck up the National Anthem and figure skaters from the Denali Ice Club put on an exhibition followed by a slippery paced game of Broomball between members of the Kenai Fire Department and the Boys & Girls Club. Then the Anchorage North Star Might hockey team took on the KPHA Squirt team, and the afternoon of icy activity concluded with a public skate and dancing on ice with music and colored lights at the rink.
Kenai Firefighters play a game of broom ball with a team from the Boys & Girls club following the official dedication of the Kenai Ice Rink.
The Enstar Bar-b-que kept everyone who braved the cold temperatures well fed under the direction of veteran Kenai City Council-&-Burgerman Duane Bannock. The installation of the new refrigeration unit at the rink has gained community support with the recent erratic temperatures, "We've even had inquiries, and I think we are going to have some summer skating here," said Kenai Mayor John Williams. "There's a group from Canada that wants to bring some teams over, and I know Anchorage wants to bring some teams down in June. I'm not sure about July and August, but we'll probably have June skating." added Williams.
The most common topic of conversation at the dedication seemed to be the question about when the City intended to enclose the rink. "I would like to have the community buy into the idea of a bond. We haven't asked the community to bond for anything in 20 years. We have no present bond debt, and if we could float a bond for around $3 million, I think that we could not only take care of our library needs, which are a desperate need, but could also go a long way toward putting a club house on here and doing some things at the rink that need to be done," said Williams.
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