Best of both worlds

Residents enjoy ice rink in winter, basketball court in summer

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Residents living west of Steamboat Springs have 5,000 square feet of fun to enjoy year-round.

The Steamboat II Metropolitan District has a portable outdoor ice rink for a second season. During the fall, officials added a concrete pad under the rink, and when the weather heats up, the rink will become a court for basketball, roller blading and other activities.

For more information about the ice rink, call the Steamboat II Metropolitan District at 879-7671.

District officials wanted to build the rink because of the success of a similar rink in Hayden; they also had money left over from the district's 2004 budget. The rink was about $3,500, and the concrete pad cost about $25,000, said Doug Baker, the district's manager.

"It is an amenity we thought everybody in the community could use. That makes it nice," Baker said.

The rink is open contingent on the weather. This year's heavy snowfall has proved to be a challenge, Baker said. But the rink is so popular with area children that they sometimes shovel it.

"When it's open, the kids are on it. As soon as they get off the school bus, they're on the thing, and they're on it all weekend," Baker said.

The area got a parks and recreation department in 1999, when the Steamboat II Water and Sanitation District became a metropolitan district as a result of voters' approval. The department, which includes Steamboat II, Silver Spur and Heritage Park, maintains about 50 acres of open space, four miles of soft surface trail and three parks. There are also about four miles of ski trails in the area, Baker said.

--o reach Dana Strongin, call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com

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