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Pavilion group acquires temporary ice rink

By Doug Chapin
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin  The Friends of Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion show off one of two Zambonis they recently acquired. Other acquisitions include a temporary ice rink, along with gas-powered ice edger, rink boards, Plexiglas panels, hockey nets, uniforms, skates, etc. Pictured are Bob Hite, Doug Chapin, Brian Collaboletta, Evelyn Jones and Kristal Fortune.

Photo courtesy Doug Chapin
The Friends of Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion show off one of two Zambonis they recently acquired. Other acquisitions include a temporary ice rink, along with gas-powered ice edger, rink boards, Plexiglas panels, hockey nets, uniforms, skates, etc. Pictured are Bob Hite, Doug Chapin, Brian Collaboletta, Evelyn Jones and Kristal Fortune.

We have returned. With an ice rink.

Yes, that is correct — the Friends of Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion traveled to Greeley and acquired a temporary ice rink, then broke it down and hauled it back to Pagosa Springs.

The task was very difficult and it took five days of hard labor from our small group to make it happen. Thanks to Brian Collaboletta for spearheading the effort. Between Collaboletta, Eric Spors, Jeff Quinn and myself, the ice rink was taken apart and ready for transport.

Richard Gulmond and Bob Hite brought up trailers to haul the rink.

Our acquisitions include two Zambonis, a gas-powered ice edger, rink boards, including Plexiglas panels, hockey nets, uniforms, skates, etc.

The acquisition of equipment that came with the rink could suit up a junior hockey team or two. This is a temporary, non-refrigerated rink and it is a step toward acquiring the multi-purpose pavilion.

I have had families express their excitement at the thought of their children playing hockey or figure skating before we even returned with the rink. I believe the rink will have a huge effect on the town and start the fever for hockey that has caused Durango to have 10 percent of its population playing hockey at their ice rink. They are now planning to build a second rink because it is so extremely popular and there is not enough ice time for everyone.

The Friends of Pagosa Multi-Purpose Pavilion are funding this project strictly through donations. The board plans to use this newly acquired temporary rink to create interest in the multi-purpose pavilion that will feature a refrigerated, NHL official-size ice rink and roller surface. It will host hockey tournaments, figure skating, the roller girls, concerts, after-school programs, dances and much more.

We are looking to acquire land and have the rink up next winter.

To donate or for more information, please contact Kristal Fortune at 264-3346.

Pagosa’s Multi-Purpose Pavilion’s Recipe Contest for “Soups, Salads and Breads” was a huge success.

It was the third of the The Taste of Pagosa Cookbook series of recipe contests. The contest was held March 7. The winners include the following:

Soups: Gold — mushroom bisque by Eric Kuyper. Silver — classic Cajun gumbo by Tim Collins. Bronze — green chili chicken soup by Andy Stern.

Salads: Gold — Pennsylvania Italian bean salad by Shayla McClure. Silver — cowboy bean salad by Ramona Tschaar. Bronze — layered salad by Aileen Wolfer. Good Job — cucumber and chickpea panzanella by Josh Pastrama.

Breads: Gold — spent beer grain bread by Emily Jones. Silver — island corn bread by Bonnie Hite. Bronze — pumpkin bread by Nancy Ford.

Our next contest will be held on April 4 at the Quality Resort from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring “Brunches and Breakfast” recipes.

To participate in the contest, call Tari Woods at 731-8877.

To volunteer, please call Tari or Kristal at 264-3346.

This story was posted on March 13, 2014.