GRANITE CITY — In March, the Granite City Park District introduced a new $97,000 Zamboni machine for hockey games at Wilson Park Ice Rink.
The district purchased the ice resurfacer through the Madison County Parks and Recreation grant funds and ordered the equipment in March 2014.
“The park enhancement program has been an asset to the Granite City Park District because there were a lot of projects that we’ve been able to do that we wouldn’t have been able to do,” Park District facilities manager Justin Brinkmeyer said. “It’s been a valuable asset. This past season, we had the Zamboni. We were able to do a backstop on diamond 5. Over the years, especially here at the ice rink, we’ve done a number of different projects, including the new bleachers that we have, new rubber flooring and new boards around the rink. Those projects probably wouldn’t have been possible without the park enhancement program.”
On Oct. 21, during a meeting of the Madison County Board, Chairman Alan J. Dunstan recognized the Park District for its improvement projects at the ice rink.
“The rink at Wilson Park is utilized by high school hockey teams throughout the county, club teams and a large number of recreational skaters,” Dunstan said in a press release. “The Zamboni is an essential tool in keeping the ice surface in a safe, suitable condition.”
The new Zamboni was purchased in California. Wilson Park Ice Rink has a new Zamboni for the first time in 19 years. Its old one is used for a backstop.
The Park District also purchased a portable pitching mound, two swings, three ADA-compliant spring toys and wood fibrous materials, and a protective ground cover for the area around the swings.
Park District Director Dave Williams said his crew is working on new projects for 2016.
“The one we’re working on right now is we completed the Legacy Golf Course lake erosion plan and we are also going to finish our cart path Phase 3 projects,” he said. “So moving forward next year, just assuming that we’re getting somewhere between $100,000 to $150,000 range, I would suspect this year that we would be looking at infrastructure things here at the park such as a new backstop and possibly replace some shelters. We’ve got some work on the old pool building that we would like to do. What we try to do over the years is shift the projects from varying interests. One year, it may be for the ice rink. One year, it might be for the pool. One year, it might be for softball/baseball. One year, it might be for golf. Our focus has been trying to serve as many people as we can and spread the projects around.”