Parks director: Ashland rink near end of life

A falling oak tree crushed the roof of the structure last winter and also damaged tubes and coils that snake under the ice's surface. Crews had to rebuild a mat that sits above the coils this year and faced other repairs as well.

"I hate to say it, but this might be the last year we'll be able to open the rink," says Don Robertson, Ashland parks director.

Robertson says he will submit a grant this winter for $150,000 toward the purchase of a new canopy roof and mats and coils, which he says would cost about $300,000.

In addition, Robertson said, the department received about $44,000 from the rink's insurer when the tree crushed the roof, and about $55,000 is available from a parks foundation and the parks department.

The city will have to seek the rest of the money from the community, he said.

Ashland has operated the rink since 1996.

— Daily Tidings, Ashland

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