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Ground broken on new Kalispell ice rink

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The rink is expected to open the third week in October. (MTN News photo) The rink is expected to open the third week in October. (MTN News photo)

KALISPELL - The Flathead Valley Hockey Association is excited to announce that work has officially begun at the Woodland Ice Center.

The first step in the process is laying down permanent refrigerated concrete subflooring for the rink.

The former rink used chilling tubes with a sand base which made the take-down and set up each year very labor intensive and unsafe. This new concrete will enable flatter, smoother, safer ice with less set up time and lower energy costs along with a longer skating season.

There will be games played on the rink throughout the winter with free skating open to the public on the weekends. Not only will the rink be a place for winter sports, but year-round as other surfaces can be placed on the concrete or just used for summer roller hockey.

In total, the budget has been set at $100,000 but will bring much more than that into the local economy each winter.

The rink is expected to open the third week in October.

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