Ashland skating rink will get new roof

Skaters on Ashland's seasonal ice rink will be protected from the weather this year with a new roof.

The Parks and Recreation Department will pay $251,200 to cover the Rotary Centennial Ice Rink, which is set up each November in a parking lot on Winburn Way across from Lithia Park.

The new roof can be put up and taken down each winter.

The ice rink's old seasonal cover was crushed by a tree and heavy snow in 2007, leaving the rink exposed.

The new roof will protect skaters from the elements and also safeguard the ice from rain and sun, which can soften it.

The rink draws skaters from across Southern Oregon and Northern California.

The parks department originally received a low bid of $268,700 from Vitus (name corrected) Construction for the new roof.

The contractor and parks staff members identified savings of $17,500 to bring the cost down to $251,200, according to a memo to city councilors from Parks Director Don Robertson.

The Parks Commission approved the project at a late August meeting and the City Council authorized the spending in mid-September.

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