KALISPELL - The upgraded Woodland Ice Rink is about to open its doors at Kalispell's Woodland Ice Center.
They laid down permanent refrigerated concrete subflooring for the rink in August to replace the chilling tubes with a sand base which made the take-down and set up each year labor intensive and unsafe.
The new concrete will enable flatter, smoother and safer ice with less set-up time and lower energy costs, along with a longer skating season.
The upgrades to the rink cost more than $500,000, money that was raised from foundations, corporate sponsors and individuals. The bulk of the costs were donated in volunteers.
Project Manager Shawn Baker says 137 volunteers logged more than 2,000 hours from August to early November, which saved $300,000 by doing the work themselves.
A grand-opening ceremony will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Woodland Ice Rink.