BOONE, Iowa—The Boone Park Commission voted unanimously to name the city’s new ice skating rink the John Hansen Memorial Skate Rink. The rink, located at Gutterridge Park opened December 30th and has already seen quite a bit of traffic. John Hansen served on the Boone Park Board for several years and targeted preservation of the former skate pond on Honey Creek. Besides working on the actual pond, he also helped secure several sets of skates for rental purposes. Hansen passed away in July 2011. Park Board member Everett Johnson said he felt naming the rink after Hansen was appropriate.
Mike Cornelis, Boone Parks Superintendent said it’s hard to give an exact count on skaters because the numbers reflect use when the warming house is open. He told Park Commission members that actual usage is higher because several skaters have been seen using the rink while the warming house is closed. The Park Commission also approved placing a plaque that recognizes the grants, donations, individuals and others that help support that ice rink project. The location for the plaque has not been determined. Additional discussion was held about locating a portable toilet on the grounds for use by skaters.
So far, it’s estimated that the ice rink project has cost about $120,000 which has included the initial purchase of the rink and the building and ramp constructed to serve as a warming house and storage for the rink.