City to vote on ice arena skating fees
Park City Council is scheduled to vote Thursday on the Park City Ice Arena usage rates a Quinn’s Junction project online for completion in February 2006, to coincide with the Winter Olympics. City Staff is recommending that skating fees be lower for locals, and that "no resident under 18 years old or over age 65 be denied the use of any program, activity or facility for reasons of financial hardship." Stacey Noonan, general manager of the new sports complex at Quinn’s Junction, helped to determine the fees based on precedents set by the Park City Racquet Club and by comparing average fees for other Utah, Colorado and ski town arenas. The Quinn’s Management Team and the Friends of Ice Advisory Committee reviewed fee recommendations. Based on feasibility studies throughout the area, staff determined that ‘local’ skaters would include residents beyond Park City school district. They therefore propose that a skater can receive a local discount if they are a resident within a 30-to 40-minute driving radius from the facility. "This facility is for Wasatch and Summit County residents. We want to make people feel comfortable that they are regulars whether they live in places like Heber or Kamas," Noonan explained. She said that zip codes from driver’s licenses would be one of the ways rink employees would determine who gets the local discount. Staff recommends that local public youth and seniors pay $4.50 to skate, while an outside area youth or senior would pay $6.50 for a day of skating. The $3 skate rental rates would be the same regardless of local status. Rates are set to offset operating costs. As with the Racquet Club, staff is proposing that the City Manager has the authority to annually increase fees up to 50 cents or 10 percent of the skating rate, whichever is greater.
Last week, Colin Hilton, who directs the city’s capital projects, gave tours of the rink and the sports complex at Quinn’s while crews poured 300 cubic yards of concrete. He said construction of the rink is still on schedule, despite a worldwide concrete shortage.
Noonan adds the city is still looking for a name for the rink as well as the entire complex. The city is currently selling the naming rights to the complex for $1.5 million, and to the rink for $1 million.
Stacy Noonan will present the Park City Ice Arena Fee Resolution at Thursday’s Park City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. at 445 Marsac Ave.
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