Did Sprinker ice arena just suddenly become in such a state of disrepair that it cannot be used? No! Years ago, there was talk at the county level of not only renovating, but adding an additional sheet of ice to attract more events. They said they had almost enough money at that time.
Since then, they did not even put on a coat of paint or patch the roof, let alone renovate. In the meantime, many Washington communities are able to maintain rinks. Figure and hockey skaters from Sprinker attend competitions around the nation. Their counterparts have been coming to Sprinker for events. This is the first glimpse of the area for these folks. You would think Pierce County officials would be embarrassed.
Skating is a healthy sport whether competitively or recreationally. It teaches self discipline, athleticism, musicality, art and camaraderie. Annual Ice shows were held with well know ice stars as Roslyn Sumners, who trained at Sprinker on her way to Olympic greatness. Shows could not be held recently, because they were afraid the extra weight of lights on the ceiling would make it collapse.
This is a true example of politics.Money once set aside to make this rink presentable and safe now long gone and spent on other “favorite” projects. Instead of keeping up facilities, new ones were built. Now, not only do we close a facility and clubs that are known nationally, we threaten kids’ dreams, safe recreation and adults’ careers and jobs.