SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (edited news release) -- Ice is now being rebuilt at Jordan Valley Ice Park, with reopening expected within a week, following a temporary closure forced by a pump failure.
The Ice Park has been closed since Aug. 29, following a pump failure within an external ice plant unit. Emergency repairs and replacement parts were installed, but it has taken several days to chill the ice rink floor temperature back to 15 degrees, the minimum temperature required to create ice.
Ice Park staff began rebuilding the ice on the East Rink Monday, Sept. 9, spraying layer after layer of water onto the Ice Park floors. The ice is currently about ¼-inch thick, and it needs to be 1¼ inches for skating and hockey. The ice rebuilding process is expected to take about ten days.
“We build the ice in layers, and every layer of water we spray on the floor brings the floor temperature up before it freezes,” said Jeff Cumley, Superintendent of Jordan Valley. “It takes many layers of water before the ice is ready for us to open. It’s a slow process, but we’re working as quickly as we can to rebuild the ice.”
After the East Rink is open, Ice Park staff will begin rebuilding the West Rink.
The facility’s internal ice plant, a system with compressors, pumps and a chiller that keeps the ice rink floors frozen, was taken offline in mid-August to undergo scheduled maintenance and repairs — the first major upgrade to the system since the Ice Park opened in 2001. This maintenance process is scheduled to take about 60 days.
To avoid interruption of service, the contractor for this project shifted ice plant operations to a temporary external unit, installed behind the ice park building for this purpose in early August.
The external unit experienced a pump failure Aug. 29, and the ice on both rinks melted.
The closure suspended open skate sessions, Learn to Skate classes, figure skating sessions and hockey practices. Programs and classes will resume, some with modified schedules, after the Ice Park reopens, including:
Registered Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey participants for the Aug. 13-Oct. 5 session may make up missed classes during the remainder of the session. Public Ice Skating Session passes included in this program will be valid through the end of October, instead of ending Oct. 5. Current participants will also be offered a 50-percent discount on registration for the next session, Oct. 8-Dec. 7. Refund requests will be pro-rated and include $10 processing fee. For more information, contact Jolyn Hecht for Learn to Skate and Al Valdivia for Learn to Play Hockey.
Adult Hockey League, scheduled to begin Sept. 15, will now begin Sept. 22. Players should contact their team captains for details.
Junior Bears and Mite Hockey are scheduled to begin as planned. Participants will be emailed details.
Spirit Hockey/Springfield Youth Hockey Association will resume practice on a modified schedule until the West Rink is reopened.
Missouri State Ice Bears will resume practice on a modified schedule until the West Rink is reopened. The first home game of the season for the Ice Bears is Friday, Oct 4.
Public Ice Skating will follow a new modified schedule until the West Rink is reopened.