Rink ready to turn dirt

July 30, 1997


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - After more than five years of planning, hoping, fund-raising and speeches, it finally looks as if a new ice skating rink outside Waynesboro will become a reality.

Bulldozers will start digging into the eight-acre site on Pa. Route 16 near the village of Zullinger Friday morning, said Carol Henicle, chair of the committee overseeing the building of Cumberland Valley On Ice, the Olympic-size rink on Pa. 16 near the village of Zullinger west of Waynesboro.

The rink, which Henicle said will open in December, will be named after Doris I. Billow, a former Waynesboro area teacher who left $500,000 in her will to build it. Billow died in 1992.


The rink will cost nearly $3 million to build and equip, Henicle said.

A state Department of Community and Economic Development grant for $250,000, secured by state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, was added to the project.

The CVOI board is also raising $500,000, about $475,000 of which has already been pledged. That money came from individual and corporate donations from $5 to $35,000, Henicle said.

"We feel we can raise the rest once we start to move dirt," she said.

The rest of the money to build the rink, about $1.6 million, will come from a local bank loan. It will be repaid from user fees, she said.

The Frick Co. of Waynesboro is donating the ice-making equipment and a free service contract, a value of about $100,000, Henicle said.

The Frick Co. has also promised to bring in a skater of national or Olympic fame to participate in the grand opening ceremonies in December, she said.

The rink will be used for figure skating, hockey leagues and family skating. The local school system plans to be a big customer, Henicle said.

Palmer Construction of McConnellsburg, Pa., the lowest of five bidders, won the construction contract. "They said they will meet the December target date. He'll have to hustle, but he can do it," Henicle said.

The board is reviewing applications for the job of rink manager, she said. A choice will be made by mid-August, she said. None of the applicants are local.

A Reston, Va., consulting firm is helping with recruiting, she said.

Henicle and three board member visited a rink in Orlando, Fla., last week. They paid their own travel expenses and stayed with Henicle's sister to save money.

"We looked at an Olympic size rink and spoke with the management. While we were there we ordered a Zamboni," she said.

A Zamboni is a brand name for a machine that scrapes the ice clean in rinks.

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