Park City Ice Arena welcomes Wasatch County |

Park City Ice Arena welcomes Wasatch County

Park City Council on Thursday unanimously supported the ice-skating fees for the Quinn’s Junction Ice Arena. The approved fees will embrace regular skaters beyond city limits.

Quinn’s Junction Sports Complex manager Stacy Noonan urged council to make a decision as soon as possible, considering the rink is scheduled to open in February 2006.

The fees will be lower for skaters driving within a 30- to 40-minute radius of the arena. Local area skaters will pay $4.50. All other skaters will be charged $6.50. Prices for drop-in hockey games and private hourly rates are likewise tailored to be more affordable for locals.

"This is what it would take to build a business right out of the gate," Noonan told council. "What it comes down to is that we need bodies for the programs We need to include customers outside of our tax base."

To build a solid skater base, "learn-to" programs for figure skating and hockey will also be included at the rink, she said.

Part of the proposal includes the stipulation that no resident under 18 years of age or more than 65 years of age be denied the use of any program, activity or facility for reasons of financial hardship. The ice arena manager may, "at his discretion, waive all or a portion of a fee, or may arrange offsetting volunteer work for anyone demonstrating an inability to pay for services," according to the resolution.

"We need to promote access, good will and affordability," Noonan said.

Park City Municipal Corporation will subsidize $100,000 annually to keep fees reasonable, according to the resolution, with the aid of an additional $50,000 a year toward operating and capital replacement costs through an inter-local agreement with the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District and Basin Recreation.

In its first budget year, the arena will be open for a partial four-month season. The Noonan’s business strategies received a positive response from council. "The biggest issue was sharing this business with Wasatch County, but if we treat it like a business, it makes sense We certainly wouldn’t charge more for shoppers who didn’t live in the area," councilman Jim Hier explained. "I would support what we’ve got here." Councilman Joe Kernan concurred. "More and more, we seem to be partnering with Wasatch County," he observed. "This seems to fit."

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