CORNING - City officials have applied for $363,000 in state funding to help pay a large portion of phase two of the needed upgrades to the popular, heavily used Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.
City Manager Mark Ryckman said phase II of the ice rink renovations will include repainting the roof trusses, bathroom upgrades and ADA compliance improvements.
The $363,000 in state funds, if secured, along with a $150,000 donation from Corning Enterprises and a $3,000 pledge from the Crystal City Parks Foundation will pay for the upgrades, which will likely happen in the spring and summer of 2019.
“The ice rink is not just used in the winter, but year-round for a variety of sports, activities and special events,” Ryckman said. “We greatly appreciate financial support from Corning Enterprises for Phase II, as well as their efforts to assist in securing state funding.”
Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr., co-chairman of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, said the city recently submitted a project worksheet application for the state funds.
“It will be reviewed by Empire State Development and we’re hoping to know something in the next couple of weeks,” Tranter said.
Ryckman said phase I of the ice rink upgrades, which includes replacing the aging floor and cooling system, will likely begin in the early spring, just after the ice rink closes for the season, and be completed in time for the rink to reopen next winter.
“The City Council has bonded for $900,000 for that phase of the upgrades,” Ryckman said. “So that money is in place.”
Hunt Engineering is currently completing the design phase for the work. The project will soon go out for bid.
“It’s an invaluable asset to our community in terms of how is serves our youth and community at large,” said Mayor Bill Boland.”We really need that funding and I’m confident we will get it.”
Ryckman said he is hopeful the city will receive the Consolidated Funding Application grant.
Major work has not been done at the rink since it was built in the late-1980s, according to city officials.
The rink was forced to close for about a month in 2016 as crews replaced an ailing cooling tower that caused the ice to melt. The current R22 refrigeration, which allows the floor to freeze, needs to be replaced by 2018 because that system will no longer be produced.