“Although we want to keep the ice rink open longer, we must address repairs immediately to ensure the rink operates properly,” said Indy Parks Director Linda Broadfoot “Since September we have experienced numerous days of the ice not hardening, making skating on it impossible. To avoid more closures we are doing what’s needed to fix the problems right now.”
The process will involve thawing the ice and digging through the pad under the ice and the concrete before rebuilding the rink altogether. Once the specific issue has been identified, Indy Parks will begin repairs.
The park’s maintenance team has ruled out any problems with the rink’s chiller system, which typically warrants a shorter closure period.
The city hopes to reopen the rink, 451 E. Stop 11 Road., in the fall of 2018.