An Island Park softball outfield will be the site of an ice rink this winter, weather permitting.
Mt. Pleasant city commissioners on Monday approved the use of $25,400 from the unassigned fund balance to purchase items necessary to create the rink.
Mt. Pleasant City Manager Aaron Desentz said the order for the liner, sideboards and brackets was placed Tuesday and that he anticipates the rink will be set up in December.
Plans call for the rink to be open in January and February, weather permitting.
Retiring City Manager Nancy Ridley, whose last meeting was Monday, said the rink will be for free recreational skating and will be unsupervised.
During a work session Oct. 11, commissioners discussed the purchase of an ice rink, and staff looked into several options, Mt. Pleasant Parks and Public Spaces Director Philip Biscorner said in an Oct. 14 memo to Ridley.
Nice Rink/Penchura quoted $5,198.75 for the rink and supplies.
Other costs associated with the rink include $415 for shipping; $3,695 for certified, professional installation, $1,910 to rehabilitate the warming house for water service, $240 for a monthly meter fee for four months, $6,577.20 for labor and $5,500 for one complete water fill and maintenance for 16 weeks.
Total estimated cost is $25,385.95 if the ground is frozen and $23.535.95 if it isn’t, at the time of installation, Biscorner said in the memo.
Remembering the days of her youth in Mt. Pleasant when the city had an ice rink, Commissioner Lori Gillis said the structure will be a great addition to Island Park.
“It was a great way to meet neighbors,” Gillis said. “I really think this is going to be a great addition to our parks.”
Mayor Will Joseph echoed Gillis’ comments, adding that he thinks it has potential to be a permanent winter addition to Island Park.