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Ice rink to close for repairs

June 14, 2007|by DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex on Security Road will close for repairs the evening of July 1, said David Brandenburg, the complex's executive director.

It should take about a month for workers to complete the repairs, he said.

"Hopefully, we can (reopen) sooner than that," Brandenburg said.

Boards and cement are uneven under the ice at one end of the rink, he said. The section that needs to be repaired is about 12 feet long and 4 feet wide.

Brandenburg said the problem probably occurred as the ice expanded with temperature changes.

He wasn't sure how much the repairs would cost.

The complex shuts down to replace the ice every two or three years, Brandenburg said.

The ice was replaced in 2006, he said, but ongoing problems this year with the underlying cement caused officials to shut down again.

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Brandenburg said the complex serves about 50,000 people each year, with the busiest times being the fall and winter.

Officials decided to close the complex in July because only about 2,000 people visit during the summer, he said.

The 40,500-square-foot complex was built in 1997. It is operated by the Washington County Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

According to the complex's Web site, the facility hosts adult and youth hockey leagues and public ice skating, among other things.

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