A new place to slice across the ice

North Branch Public Works Lead Operator Cory Bergerson uses a city truck to form the first layer of the ice for the rink Dec. 15. Photo by Derrick Knutson

By Derrick Knutson—

At the request of the WildRidge Homeowner’s Association, the city of North Branch constructed a simple ice rink in the neighborhood, about half a mile down 382nd Street.

North Branch GIS Specialist Nate Sondrol said the request came about because the city’s main ice rink off Hwy. 95 and Grand Avenue sees about 5,000 skaters a year, and overcrowding has become an issue.

“We’re basically just going to put in a sheet of ice over there – no benches or warming house like the other rink has,” Sondrol said.

Keeping the rink as simple as possible keeps the cost of construction down, Sondrol noted.

He estimated it would cost public works about $340 to form the ice sheet over the course of a few days.

To make sure the ice is relatively uniform, public works trucks filled with water sprayed the selected ground in the park to create the ice slab.

Sondrol said the homeowner’s association kicked in some cash for the rink, offering up $750 to pay for on-site sanitation.

“This is definitely something that is needed here,” Sondrol said.

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