The Dec. 2 opening of the 2016-2017 skating season at the Siskiyou Ice Rink was special for Friends of the Rink and the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District.

For the majority of the summer, according to a press release from Friends of the Rink, there was a strong possibility that the rink would not be opening at all.

Near the end of the 2015-2016 season one of two compressors that are part of the ice chiller system failed and was not repairable. In September FOR held a flea market and giant yard sale at the rink that raised $5,300 to put towards the compressor replacement.

Then in late-October, an anonymous donor stepped in and provided a donation of $95,000 to not only replace one, but both of the aging compressors. The funding also included $10,000 for what FOR describes as “critical Zamboni repairs.”

This was the second time that “Anonymous” has stepped in to help Siskiyou Ice Rink. In 2015 “Anonymous” provided funding to expand the rink by 15 feet, making it the only NHL-size outdoor rink in the north state. The 2015 donation also funded new dasher boards, concrete aprons, electrical wiring, and drainage improvements.

The donation amount was provided only after FOR and the MSPRD staff and board had worked together to determine the best course of action for addressing repairs to the chiller system and obtained proposals and estimates from prospective contractors.

“We are very pleased with the proposal that was accepted and the fact that we were able to replace both compressors,” said FOR representative Steve Bachmann. Looking to the future, FOR and the District also signed a five-year service contract with the contractor, TRANE, to ensure that the upgraded chiller system is properly maintained for upcoming seasons.

FOR and MSPRD would like to acknowledge “Anonymous” for the “wonderful generosity and all they have done for the Siskiyou Ice Rink.

“Thanks also are extended to Nancy Van Susteren and all of the volunteers that worked so hard to the make the flea market/yard sale a success. Because of their efforts and contributions the rink is looking and running better than ever before.”

The Siskiyou Ice Rink is located at Shastice Park in Mount Shasta.

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