Upgrades to city’s outdoor rink complete

HANCOCK — Hancock’s Laurn Grove ice rink upgrade project is complete, just in time for the winter skating season, according to a release from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The upgrades have been on-going, using grant awards as part of the KCF’s Youth Advisory Council Spring 2017 granting cycle.

The Laurn Grove ice rink is the only outdoor rink in the city of Hancock, and is heavily used by both recreational skaters and hockey players from the community.

In the summer, the facility is also used for basketball and street hockey.

The first round of improvements, according to a release from the KCF, was install LED lighting at the ice rink. In the Spring, 2017 granting cycle, the city of Hancock was awarded $3,000 to continue with improvements, which included placing 3/8-inch fiberglass dasher facing on the inside surface of the rink to increase longevity.

“The fiberglass facing will absorb the impact of pucks,” the release stated, “and the contrast of the puck or ball will be more readily visible with the white background, just like an arena rink.”

The dasher facing will also protect the bottom of the pressure-treated lumber from wood rot, the result of flooding the rink’s ice surface in the winter time.

“Being able to attach the poly sheet facing onto the existing wooden boards,” the release stated, “will significantly extend the life of the boards for public use.”

The city’s public works department installed 50 sheets of the facing in mid-November, the release stated.