The seasonal ice rink will not return to downtown Estes Park for the winter of 2015/2016.
The Town of Estes Park will return the leased equipment to the City of Fort Collins after a three-year partnership with the Estes Valley Recreation and Parks District (EVRPD). Town Administrator Frank Lancaster commented, "While the idea of the ice rink was exciting for many, the cost was high and the usage was relatively low." During the winter of 2014/2015, the total costs of the ice rink were approximately $89,000. Revenue of approximately $9,000 only served to offset the EVRPD's costs of recreation operations and staffing. Lancaster continued, "As the Town continues to pay the costs of flood recovery, we decided it is best to discontinue the expenses of the ice rink. Since community partners are unable to take over the operation, we intend to return the equipment to Fort Collins."