GLOVERSVILLE - The city Recreation Commission has purchased a portable ice rink that will make installing and maintaining the public rink easier, officials said.
Recreation Commission member Jean Chain said the commission spent $4,300 for the portable ice rink to be used at Littauer Field this winter.
She said the rink will be 100 by 60 feet. If the commission decides the rink needs to be bigger, the commission will buy a new liner and side boards to make the rink larger.
"Taking care of it and just getting the snow off it will be much easier," Chain said of the portable rink.
She said the portable rink allows the commission members to put it where they want it at the field.
Chain explained that last year, the commission was limited because the man-made rink had to be placed in the only level spot of the field. The portable rink has wedges to make any area possible.
"We can put it anywhere in the field we would like," Chain said.
Recreation Commission Chairman Jeff Ashe said the portable rink is cost-effective because it will require less water. He also said once the rink begins to melt, water runoff will be limited.
Chain said members expect the rink to arrive by the end of November.
The rink may open for the public around Christmas break, weather permitting.
The commission is using a $10,000 grant from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation to pay for the maintenance of the rink.
Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones previously told the city council his department built a storage area below the Littauer Field scoreboard for the Little Huskies to store equipment, freeing more space in the primary maintenance building at the field for the commission's supplies.
Chain said with additional space available, the commission is considering buying skates so rentals can be provided to people who use the public rink.
She said the commission is considering getting skates from the Glens Falls Civic Center and other vendors.
Chain said there would be a rental fee to use the skates, but it would be the minimum amount to cover the cost.
"We just have to cover the cost to sharpen them," Chain said.
She said the commission also will consider providing free skate rentals as a reward to students in the Gloversville Enlarged School District as part of the new Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system used by the district.
The Littauer Field ice rink will be free to the public Mondays through Fridays during the day and will feature night skating on the weekends.
Chain said the Recreation Commission also will host free movie nights twice a month at the senior center.
The commission will sell drinks and snacks during the movies to raise money and pay for some of the cost to buy the projector and license.
The Recreation Commission meets the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
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