by Tim Hennagir
Blaine city leaders stood ready this week to take another shot at updated plans for a state-of-the-art Aquatore Park curling facility.
Fogerty Arena representatives were scheduled to present plans for a $3.2 million curling center Thursday during a council workshop.
In a Jan. 5 memo to council, Bob Therres, public services manager, stated that the curling facility proposal would require elimination of an athletic field.
“Fogerty Arena [representatives] have indicated the only way the curling expansion works is construction to the south of the existing facility,” Therres wrote. “[That] would eliminate one of the three lighted athletic fields in Aquatore Park.”
According to Therres, Fogerty Arena representatives asked Jim Kappelhoff, Blaine Park and Recreation Department director, to determine what impact the field elimination would have on existing recreation programs.
Kappelhoff’s report indicates the city currently has seven lighted athletic fields and losing one would cause the remaining six lighted fields to be near or over capacity during the months of May, June and July.
“If the curling center moves forward, staff would recommend acquisition of a similar facility or site to accommodate future growth of youth and adult athletic programs in the city of Blaine,” Kappelhoff wrote.
Arena Manager Mark Clasen recently told ABC Newspapers the Fogerty Board of Directors finalized curling project details at its Dec. 19 meeting. “We have everything all ready to go,” Clasen said, confirming he had sent a project background packet the city in late December.
The Fogerty Arena curling club proposal includes a new $1.16 million refrigeration system that would chill curling and hockey surfaces in two buildings.
See next week’s print and online editions of the Blaine-Spring Lake Park Life for an Aquatore Park curling center update.
Tim Hennagir is at [email protected]