The 44-year-old roof over the North Olmsted Recreation Center‘s ice rink needs to be replaced.
City officials are taking design proposals through July 17 for a roof replacement project.
“It’s something that needs to be done,” said Recreation Commissioner Betsy Drenski. “The age and condition of the roof is showing and we need to deal with it. Getting the design work is the first step of several, so we can start determining what we need to do.”
The Recreation Center on Lorain Road was built in 1975 and there has been little work done on the roof over the ice rink in recent years.
“There was repair work done on portions of the roof in 2000,” Drenski said. “But I’ve been with the city for 19 years and we haven’t had any major work done on it during that time period.”
Several issues have created the need for a new roof, she said.
“The roof has been leaking, which has thoroughly soaked the interior insulation and is causing some of it to fall, so we have to get those areas fixed,” Drenski said.
In turn, the HVAC problems have caused problems with high humidity inside the ice rink area, which has caused some bumps in the ice and some fogged glass.
“We need to get those dealt with so there aren’t additional problems with the rink itself,” she said, adding that the current issues have strained the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system.
Having a designer review the area and determine how the work should be done will help North Olmsted determine a cost estimate and how to proceed, Drenski said. It also will help the city determine a timeline for the roof work and other recreation projects, she said.
Kevin Kearney, chairman of City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said the city needs to take these steps to help preserve a valuable asset.
“We were going to deal with a lot of recreation issues with the recreation levy that we put on the ballot (last November), but when it didn’t pass, we still had the problem,” Kearney said. “We can’t just let the problem sit there, so this is a way ... to deal with the issue.”
Kearney said the rink gets a lot of use, noting there are school and recreation league hockey games, ice skating events and shows, classes and assorted activities throughout the year.
“It’s a pretty busy place all the time,” Kearney said. “You’ve got people coming and going a lot from the rink.”
The rink also draws people from outside the area who come to participate in or watch events, Kearney said.
“You want the area around the rink in good condition to make a good impression,” he said.
The contract is expected to be awarded in August after the city reviews the bids.
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