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New idea glides into community center talks - an indoor skating rink

Wednesday, February 21, 2001

A Canadian import to Storm Lake has proposed that the Diversity Community Center being conceptualized for the city would be even "cooler" if it includes an indoor ice skating rink.

"As I travel around, I do run into different towns that are building ice rinks. Growing up in Canada, I am blatantly biased toward that kind of stuff, but this is a growing sport in figure skating, recreation skating and hockey," said Garry Friesen.

Friesen took his proposal to the volunteer committee formulating the Community Diversity Center idea recently. The group already proposes to include a multi-purpose arena with seating that could be used for various performances, and Friesen suggests that a permanent artificial ice surface could be placed in this room, to be covered with a portable floor to allow for concerts, trade shows and other uses.

"This really came into my mind when my nephew moved here from Canada, and his kids were really into skating and hockey. We both decided to put in backyard rinks at our homes, and we saw the kind of interest it sparked among he kids of the neighborhoods. We really just wanted to ask the question of whether the community center people might be interested in considering this possibility, and they did listen to it," Friesen said.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/20 Pilot Tribune.

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