Boards to blades: Skateboard park converts to ice rink

A crew from Equipment Transport helped install the liner the company donated for the ice skating rink at Memorial Park in Montrose. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

A crew from Equipment Transport helped install the liner the company donated for the ice skating rink at Memorial Park in Montrose. STAFF PHOTO/STACI WILSON

BY STACI WILSON

In warmer months, skateboarders practice on the removable ramps, but as winter sets in the fenced in area at Memorial Park in Montrose is transformed to accommodate skaters who prefer blades to wheels.

Over this past weekend, Councilman Craig Reimel and the borough’s street crew began prepping the area.

On Monday, a work crew from Equipment Transport’s gas well services division installed a liner they donated for the rink.

The liner is one typically used in the gas industry to construct water containment tanks.

The borough had reached out to Cabot Oil & Gas who, in turn, contacted Equipment Transport about the skating rink project.

Equipment Transport not only works with Cabot to help move drill rigs, supplies and fracturing equipment, but also builds the fresh water impoundments which Cabot’s Bill desRossiers said reduces the truck traffic by creating a supply of water closer to drill sites.

Reimel said the thick liner was a definite improvement over the plastic liner that had been used in previous years at the park. A white liner will be installed over top of the black one to help keep the rink frozen, Reimel said.

The Montrose Lions Club also gave a hand with the project, donating the plywood used for the rink’s perimeter walls.

With the liner installation complete, the borough expected to begin filling the rink with water on Tuesday.

“It won’t be too long before we get a good base in there,” Reimel said.
Then it’s up to Mother Nature as to when the rink will be ready for ice skaters.