My daughter has been involved in the sport of ice skating for the past seven years. Naturally I have become involved with the workings of the rink at Sprinker Recreation Center. I am concerned with its condition and the apparent attitude of the Pierce County Council to watch it decay.
The rink is a major service to the community. When the council cites the economy as a reason for being idle, I wonder why it did not act 10 years ago, when things were better. I can remember voting in 2000 on a sales tax package that promised to fix some of Sprinker’s issues. That money ended up in the general fund and eventually went to purchase land for new parks around the county.
The writing on the wall is clear: The building will soon be condemned. There were no less than five buckets collecting water on the rink last night while 250 people skated. I was embarrassed, and counties officials should be as well.
So here is my solution: Shut the rink down for two months. Replace the ailing roof. Replace the compressor that powers the rink’s cooling system. Both will be a part of a major remodel down the road and will not be seen and throwing money away.
If either of these items were to fail, the rink would have to be closed permanently, and the county parks would lose a major revenue source.