By Tari Woods
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 22, to celebrate the new outdoor ice skating rink.
The Zamboni, with its new paint job, made a surprise appearance, driven by Jeff Quinn, one of the Pavilion board members and local hockey player.
The Town of Pagosa Springs has donated use of the park site for this winter season and the BoCC donated funds for the hut for rental skates and sales.
The Town Tourism Committee donated funds for a blade sharpener.
As soon as weather permits, the rink will be flooded and prepared for opening. Mother Nature is really in charge here, but organizers will keep updates as current as possible.
Plans are to be open seven days a week with hockey, public sessions, a special needs group, an adult and kids’ session, broom ball, and group and private lessons. Special events are planned for the holidays, as well as special games and surprises in January and more activities for WinterFest, which will be held over Valentine’s Day weekend.
Organizers are seeking volunteers to assist with skate rentals, cashiers and safety monitors who will be on the ice during public sessions that will be held in the late afternoons and evening. Have you ever driven a Zamboni? If your answer is “yes,” your assistance is needed.
Many volunteers have worked long hours devoting themselves to getting this project off the ground or, in this case, “on the ground.” To volunteer, get more information or to donate to the pavilion, please call Tari Woods at 731-8877.