Things aren’t cool at Jordan Valley Ice Park.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board announced the closure of the facility until at least mid-September because of the failure of the ice plant system. An external system, which was being used because the facility’s main system being taken offline in mid-August for required upgrades, failed on August 29th and despite emergency repairs has been unable to keep a low enough temperature to maintain ice on the rinks.
“Jordan Valley Ice Park is one of our key facilities,” Parks Director Bob Belote said in a statement. “Our staff and contractor are doing everything that we can to get our patrons and programs back up on the ice.”
The external unit is expected to be fully operational within 48 hours, but it will take 10 days to rebuild the ice and reopen the facility.
The closure is not expected to impact the opening game for the Missouri State Ice Bears on October 4th, but all open skate sessions and Learn to Skate classes, figure skating lessons, and hockey practices are canceled until further notice.
Jordan Valley Ice Park’s main cooling system is expected to be back online in mid-October, as the upgrade to accommodate new refrigerant requirements was anticipated to take 60 days.