Ice Park owners set June 30 as final skating day
The owners of Charlottesville's beloved but beleaguered ice rink have set Wednesday, June 30 as the final day of operations, as a deal to save the Downtown Mall facility appears not to have yet materialized, and the owners say they can't let hope stand in the way of economic prudence.
"Upsetting but true," says co-owner Roberta Williamson. "Another month of $15,000 electric bills is another month of $15,000 electric bills."
She and fellow owner Bruce Williamson announced in February that due to ongoing operating losses they felt compelled to shut the business and put the building up for sale.
Since then, various businesses and individuals have rallied to try to save the rink, which opened in May, 1996 and was sold to the current team in 2003. Roberta Williamson says ice-saving efforts are ongoing but that no guarantee that any plans will reach fruition dictates the decision and allows hockey leagues and figure skating groups to find alternate venues.
"We need to be fair to them," says Williamson. "We were hanging on a little too sentimentally, I think."