Hastings City Councilman Bill Redman was given permission by the council to develop plans for a permanent ice skating rink in Tyden Park on Monday, July 10.
Redman was responsible for the installation of a temporary ice rink two years ago which was well attended, and planned another last year, but the weather did not stay cold enough to maintain ice for skating.
His plan calls for a rink over at least one existing basketball court in the park that could be used for basketball in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Redman said among other things, they will need a water system, a drain installed and a freezing unit that will freeze water up to 45 degrees.
Redman said he wants no money from the city, just approval to begin planning and applying for grants from Barry Community, Steelcase and Kellogg foundations. He also will seek donations for the project.
“We are looking at $700,000. That’s a lot of money, but I think we can do it.”
He was asked to develop a plan covering the scope of the project, including future maintenance, and bring it back for council approval. It is probably a two-year project, hopefully, the winter of 2019-20 20, he said. "Then Mother Nature can do whatever she wants.”