Monroe City Council votes to close ice skating rink

Monroe City Council votes to close ice skating rink

MONROE, MI (WTOL) - There's been a lot of back and forth between city officials and hockey enthusiasts, but now, a decision has been made. Ice operation at the Monroe Multi-sports complex will be closed for good.

The decision came Monday after City Council passed a resolution to stop funding for the ice rink effective immediately. The resolution states the complex will transition to a facility for dry operations.

The city would need to use between $350,000 to $500,000 to maintain the 21-year-old ice rink in the next five years.

Mayor Robert Clark says it was a tough decision, because they know it will affect folks who are passionate about hockey.

One option for the space is to turn a part of it into a home for the River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

The city said they will sell what equipment they can and make sure anything of significance gets to the right people.

Many of the organizations who use the rink have already found alternative places to practice and hold their activities.

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