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Construction on Schedule at New Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink

Workers install new dasher boards around the new state-of-the-art ice rink at Wheeling Park this week.

WHEELING — Construction is moving along as smooth as freshly-laid ice at the new state-of-the-art ice rink at Wheeling Park with crews installing new dasher boards around the rink this week.

Large stacks of dasher boards were delivered to the parking lot on Monday and most of the boards were in place by noon Wednesday.

Wheeling Park Operations Manager Nat Goudy said they expect to have all the rink boards and tempered glass in place by the end of next week.

Earlier this year, the Wheeling Park commission announced plans for a $1.3 million dollar renovation that will transform the Wheeling Park Memorial Ice Rink into a state-of-the-art ice complex and multipurpose community facility

While contractor Minnesota Ice installed the actual plumbing beneath the rink surface, crews with Rink Systems Inc., of Albert Lea, Minnesota, came in and “precast” all the anchors in the rink before a third company poured the actual concrete.

The ice rink refrigeration system includes approximately seven miles of piping beneath the concrete floor, according to Rink Systems employee Ken Weaver, who was busy installing dasher boards Wednesday morning.

Goudy said once the boards and rink glass are in place, they plan to rebuild a new “scores booth” and finish up some final details on the project, such as painting and installing new rubber pads around the facility.

While the rink is expected to open to the general public by the last weekend in October, Goudy said there is a possibility they may open the facility a little sooner than expected to accommodate the practice schedules of a few area high schools and “traveling” hockey teams.

“A lot of it depends on the construction. We’ll have a better idea by the end of the month,” Goudy explained. He said so far construction on the new rink has gone well and moved along quickly.

“They don’t mess around. They come in and do what they got to do,” Goudy said while talking about the different companies that have worked on the project.

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