There's an ice rink coming to Fallon, a three-month rental that will be installed and managed by Precision Ice Rinks in time for the city's Christmas holiday activities and celebrations. On Tuesday, June 6 the City Council approved a contract with Precision for a 40x100-foot ice skating rink to be in operation from November 18, 2023, through January 7, 2024.
Deputy Public Works Director Ryan Swirczek told the council that upon their approval, the agreement would allow Precision to install the portable ice rink at a location of the City of Fallon's choosing. “The skating surface would be authentic ice, with all components of the system being provided by Precision Ice. The ice skating rink elements are designed in such a way that a rink can be installed in any conceivable location and in any weather conditions.”
Swirczek said Precision will also supply a ride-on Zamboni, 400 pairs of rental skates, field technicians for set-up and tear-down as well as 24-hour technical support. “The operation of this seasonal rink would allow for a unique recreational experience for our community while providing a destination for tourism during the holidays.”
Councilman Paul Harmon commented that this is a great idea for the city, “I look forward to bringing this into our festivities during the holiday season. I won't be out on the ice, but I will be watching.” Councilwoman Karla Kent added, “I'm excited because it's an opportunity to bring surrounding areas to our community, and for the city and even non-profits to have events associated with the skating rink.” Then Harmon joked he would just like to drive the Zamboni.
Mayor Ken Tedford told the council, “We are going to market this to surrounding areas, and maybe partner with other events to try to increase tourism during this period. Also, there may be some economic development activities to help businesses during that time.” He also said this project has been on their radar for eight or nine years, and they decided to go forward with it this year. Councilwoman Kelly Frost remarked, “I think this helps keeps those dollars in the community which is always important.” The mayor concurred.
After the meeting, Swirczek did confirm that a location has not been selected yet, “But we're looking at a few places in town.”
Precision Ice Rinks of Concord, North Carolina has been in business since 2011 providing portable ice rinks to customers throughout the country. The three-month contract was approved in the amount of $161,350. Four bids had been received by the city for the project with Precision being the lowest.
The Fallon City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chambers at 9 a.m. Meeting agendas and minutes can be found on the city's website, https://www.fallonnevada.gov/archived-meeting-agendas/.