Vandalism at Longmont ice rink costs thousands, delays opening

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Spraying water to build surface at Longmont ice rink

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LONGMONT, Colo. -- It is an unusual act of vandalism involving a product that’s a life-saver for most of us when it snows.

A vandal or vandals targeting the Longmont Ice Pavilion, forcing it to delay its opening by at least a week—and affecting thousands of people.

Workers have to rebuild the ice surface.

They spray layer after layer of water until it freezes and forms three inches of ice--all thanks to a cold heart.

“Ice melt was thrown on the ice. Why? We don’t have an answer. But, it is unfortunate because it did have a major impact,” says Mark Mann, manager of the Pavilion.

The town had to delay the rink’s opening Tuesday because of the vandalism—which cost $20,000 in repairs and lost revenue. It also cost users precious ice time.

“We have learn-to-skate classes and hockey classes starting. They had to be cancelled,” says Mann.

He says there are about 150 kids and 75 adults on hockey teams that use the ice, and many more recreational skaters. They see about 3,000 users a week.

“I started hanging around here too much, ended up working here,” says Pavilion worker Jason Bain.

He plays in a hockey league and also brings his family here to skate.

“My son learned to play hockey here, learned the love of the game here,” he says.

Now, he helps bring back what one careless act took from so many.

“It’s heartbreaking someone out there would have nothing better to do or malicious intent against something that provides something so fun and entertaining for everybody,” says Bain.

It’ll take five to six days to build the ice back and probably longer to forgive a vandal who is now on thin ice.

“We won’t let one selfish act impact the community,” says Mann.

This is the second time someone has vandalized the ice rink this year.

So the town will soon be installing surveillance cameras at the rink.

If police catch someone, they face a felony and jail time.

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