Meachem Ice Rink on track to be ready for skating season

Published 08/18 2014 03:17PM

Updated 08/18 2014 05:45PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Workers are busy getting Meachem Ice Rink in the Valley Section of Syracuse ready for skating this fall. It’s quite a turnaround after the city this spring originally had canceled the season because of the cost of the repairs needed there.

The city was looking at a $1.5 million overhaul to ensure skating this season. It was a price tag too high for the cash strapped city and the season was canceled.

The city didn’t give up and found a new ice system for Meachem, which is done across the country by a local company.

It’s less than a third the cost the city thought it would have to spend at Meachem. State lawmakers from the area found the money to fund the project and the season is back on.

Bill Ryan, Chief of Staff to Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says, "This was a big deal to the community and fortunately through the help of our New York delegation we were able to do it. I say this often in meetings, and I don't want to jinx it, but this has been a very smooth project once we got it going."

One of the toughest things they've had to do is take up all of the dasher boards so they could come in and pour a footer, or what looks like curbing, so on the other side they have the height to roll out that mat to make the ice.

Then they carefully put the boards back down.

Bill Ryan tells NewsChannel 9, "I'm very happy to be here with you today, given where we thought we were and now this project has come together."

Ryan says they expect to finish work by the end of September which would make the rink ready for skating starting in October.

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