EGF Ice Plan

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Soliciting public input may be the next step in a plan to give the East Grand Forks Civic Center a major facelift – complete with a second sheet of ice. The city council got its first look at a feasibility report last night that includes transitioning the V-F-W Arena into a multi-purpose building with turf.

Parks Superintendent Reid Huttunen says obtaining public support will be a key in any funding plan. He says it might be wise to put together a conceptual drawing or document so the community has something to look at besides a 100 page technical report.

Mayor Steve Gander says he likes how the process is playing out. Gander says it's hard to ask the public if thjey are fo something or not with a vague concept.

Huttunen says putting multiple sheets of ice under one roof is the way most Minnesota communities are proceeding.

Deciding the scope of work and financing are still major hurdles. The full project could top 24-million dollars. Council member Marc DeMers says if nothing else the study is a “bullseye” that the city can “shoot for.”

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