By Theresa D. McClellan
For the Fort Bend Star
Tentative skaters made their way onto the ice on a recent Monday morning at the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center.
They weren’t questioning the ice, just their skills. The youngsters from the St. Luke Methodist Church Summer Camp were a welcome sight at the rink to coach Val Prudsky.
“People think we are closed. They saw all the TV reports a few months ago saying we were closing and they stayed away, we are here, come back,” Prudsky said.
He coaches about 40 people from 4 to 40 years old, including the daughter of Carrie Gould, Director of Special Events and Sponsorship at the ice rink. Gould was busy during public skating, helping a steady stream of customers.
The rink initially closed for repairs and through community support they received temporary chillers to keep the ice cold. Last week they received new equipment to help cool down the humidifier in the rink.
“They’re working on all the components and connections and putting in new wiring and control panels. We hoped to have all their programs running again,” she said.
The added technical difficulties caused headaches, as the rink is not up to par yet.
“It’s just a matter of being patient. It should have been up last Friday but we would rather have it done right. Our normal customers are coming back, the figure skaters and the hockey program,” said Gould.
“We’ve had to cancel a lot of public skating. But once you explain they are like, we get it,” Gould said.
The rink was in danger of closing its doors in April but supporters rallied and communications with the owners improved.
“The ownership is still the same and we speak on a daily basis instead of quarterly. It takes money to make money and as long as we’re bringing in money and watching what we spend and where, we’ll be good,” Gould said.
Gould ask supporters to follow them on Facebook for updated information.