Deadline passing: 'Contingent' hope as Ice Park set for closure
The owners stayed on message: it will close for business on June 3o. But in news sure to inspire hope in skaters devastated by talk of its imminent closure, the Charlottesville Ice Park has just been placed under a sales contract to an ice-minded buyer, according to listing agent Bob Kahn.
"The buyer and seller have worked exceptionally hard to save this community asset," says Kahn, who, though noting that the contract was signed on June 22, declines to name the buyer. Kahn also stresses that a "contingent contract" is no guarantee of the Ice Park's survival but rather "a glimmer of hope that that outcome may be achievable."
Realtor Roger Voisinet, a hockey aficionado who earlier tried to purchase the Ice Park, says he is in contact with this buyer and is working to help raise the remaining approximately $300,000 he says the deal requires to be finalized.
"I don't think he would have given a deposit if he didn't think he could close," says Voisinet of the unnamed buyer.
Ice Park owners Bruce and Roberta Williamson could not immediately be reached for comment. The Park's website shows no public skating after June 30.
Original headline: "Under contract: Ice Park buyer unleashes cash to save skating"