UPDATE: Center Ice at Bass Street Landing in downtown Moline is scheduled to open today. Details to come.


EARLIER STORY

New problem stalls ice rink opening

On a day off from her big box retail job, Dorie Dettmann hoped to lace up her ice skates Wednesday and try out the ice at the Center Ice at Bass Street Landing in downtown Moline.

But for a third time this week, operations director Larry Rosmilso had to turn away would-be skaters because the new outdoor rink was not ready for skating.

“I was hoping to be one of the first skaters,” Dettmann of Davenport said. “It’s a great atmosphere. It’s like a big town rink.”

Rosmilso said the latest wrinkle actually was caused by the ice being too hard. “It’s like your refrigerator; you’ve got to find just the right temperature.”

He added that the problem no longer was with the thickness, as it was Saturday and Monday. But the ice needs to crack a little when the Zamboni machine goes over it to add a layer of water, which reseals the surface and makes it smooth.

“We did get the Zamboni out on there,” he said, adding that later the ice had broken up in a few spots because it was so brittle. “I don’t want to put people out there and jeopardize them. They could hit a crack, and get hurt.”

Rosmilso said a new chiller — the machine that cools the liquid in the pipes that run under the ice — was brought in earlier to replace the first one because the temperature was not getting low enough. “The old chiller could only go down to 12 degrees, which was not cold enough. The new chiller can go to zero or below … and it did, but it froze the ice really fast, too fast.”

In the afternoon, he said crews need “to bring the temperature up so the ice doesn’t get brittle.”

He now hopes to open at noon today.

The new rink, part of the Kone Centre development, is located at the foot of Moline’s 17th Street. For more information, call Center Ice at 309-517-1930.


Previous story:

Try as it might, Center Ice at Bass Street Landing has not been able to open the gates to skaters yet.

The new downtown Moline rink had planned to open at noon today, but operations director Larry Rosmilso said the ice was too hard, and thus, too brittle to allow skaters out on the outdoor rink.

“We’re not going to get it open today,’’ he said.

Rosmilso said the ice was now thick enough, which was the problem earlier this week, but the ice needs to crack in order for the Zamboni to apply another layer of water to make it smooth. “We did get the Zamboni out on there,” he said, adding that instead of cracking, the ice broke up in a few places.

“I don’t want to put people out there and jeopardize them. They could hit a crack, and get hurt.”

Rosmilso said a new chiller – the machine that cools the liquid in the pipes that run under the ice — was brought in to replace the first one because the temperature was not getting low enough. “The new chiller can go to zero or below … and it did, but it froze the ice really fast,” a frustrated Rosmilso said. “We’ve got ice; it’s just a matter of balance and getting it seasoned.”

Crews now will bring the temperature back up so the ice is not so brittle. “We’ve gone from soft ice to brittle ice.”

He now hopes to open at noon Thursday.

The new rink, part of the Kone Centre development, is located at the foot of Moline’s 17th Street.

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(4) comments

CGE
CGE

Um it wasn't a conclusion but a joke.
Exactly my point...too difficult to waste $ on.

Six_String
Six_String

Wow CGE, how do you come to that conclusion? You really think just because there's something to do with ice skating it's related to the Mallards? YOU try getting a brand new ice surface stable for the first time, outdoors, AND have weather with wild temperature fluctuations.

CGE
CGE

Must be the same management as the QC Mallards. LOL what a debacle.
Hope it's successful but I have my doubts.

The Bucktown Kid
The Bucktown Kid

Hopefully it will be resolved soon. I liked the good old days when Riverside Park and Longview Park were used for skating in Illinois and Vander Veer Park was the place to be for the Silver Skate Contest. The weather was cold and the warm up places were usually filled with people.

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