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Springfield, MO — The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Jordan Valley Ice Park is currently closed as the facility’s ice plant undergoes repairs and upgrades. Both the east and west rinks are closed, expected to reopen in mid-September.
The ice plant, a system of condensers, pumps and chillers that keeps the ice rink floors frozen, was taken offline in mid-August to undergo scheduled maintenance and repairs, including upgrading the system to accommodate new refrigerant requirements, replacing R22 freon usage. This maintenance process is scheduled to take about 60 days.
To avoid interruption of service, ice plant operations were shifted to a temporary external unit, installed behind the ice park building for this purpose in early August.
The external unit experienced a pump failure Aug. 29, and despite emergency repairs and installation of replacement parts, the system has not been able to maintain a temperature low enough to make or maintain ice on the rink for several days. Repairs on the external unit are ongoing.
Once the external unit is fully operational — anticipated within the next 48 hours — Park Board staff estimates it will take 10 days to rebuild the ice and reopen the facility, anticipated in mid-September.
The building’s original ice plant, installed when Jordan Valley Ice Park opened in 2001, will be back online later this fall
The closure has canceled open skate sessions and interrupted Learn to Skate classes, figure skating sessions and hockey practices. The Missouri State Ice Bears home season opens Oct. 4.
Park Board staff apologizes for the inconvenience and is diligently working to restore ice on the rinks.
“Jordan Valley Ice Park is one of our key facilities,” said Parks Director Bob Belote. “Our staff and contractor are doing everything that we can to get our patrons and programs back up on the ice.”
For more information on Jordan Valley Ice Park, call visit ParkBoard.org/IcePark.
For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile).