Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Donations Shave Down Zamboni Cost

Express photo by Willy Cook Ketchum’s Recreation Supervisor John Kearney Jr. takes the driver’s seat at a presentation ceremony for the city’s new Zamboni at Town Square on Monday, Nov. 12. John Kearney Sr., left, Ketchum Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Smith, city resident Charles Friedman, center-right, and Ketchum Community Development Corp. Executive DirectorJon Duval examine the machine. The Zamboni will be used this winter to resurface the city’s two-acre Christina Potters Outdoor Ice Rink at Atkinson Park. Kearney said the slightly used Zamboni will get the job done in half the time it took its anachronistic predecessor, which Mayor Randy Hall (not shown) referred to at the event as “looking like it was from the turn of the century.” Smith said the Zamboni’s purchase, which cost $31,600, was made possible by $16,884 worth of private donations, with the city paying the rest. The goal for the month-long fundraising drive was $12,000. Smith said Ketchum originally had agreed to pay two-thirds of the cost, but the overwhelming community support helped shave down the city’s costs. Smith said the rink generally opens for the season around Christmas, depending on the weather. Use of the rink is free of charge. The rink’s hours are from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

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