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A look at the new ice rink: Dickinson Park Board members tour facility

Press Photo by Katherine Lymn Dickinson Parks and Recreation Director James Kramer directs a tour of the new ice rink. The rink, connected to the old recreational center, is set to open the week of Sept. 15.

Dickinson Park Board members donned hard hats after their Friday morning meeting and got a look inside the new ice rink as the project nears completion planned for the week of Sept. 15.

With the structure complete and a test with a quarter-inch of ice showing the rink is solid, attention these final weeks has turned to indoor details, such as flooring and bathrooms.

Planners are still thinking about putting a fireplace in the main entryway, which sits bare but with the outline of a check-in desk and skate rental room.

“It’s a nice-looking arena,” said James Kramer, Dickinson Parks and Recreation director, as he led the tour.

The parks department is optimistic about finishing the last couple weeks of construction on schedule. An events room is already booked for the first weekend the center’s slated to be open.

Moisture in the concrete from humidity has delayed putting some of the rubber flooring in. Aside from that, the project is relatively free of setbacks. The arena area was even chilly, though the final ice has not been laid yet.

The arena itself is lit up with some color, like bright green air ducts and red and yellow lining around the rink.

The new rink is connected to the original recreational center via a two-story link.

“The best part of the connections is we finally have public restrooms where we should have them,” Kramer said.

The lower level of the link includes a coaches’ and referees’ room.

Barons Vista Elementary?

A engineer working on the proposed Barons Vista development told the park board on Friday that Dickinson Public Schools is looking at the development for a potential location of a new elementary school.

But board members and Kramer said it may be more likely that the development would include a park, which it has obligations for, than a school, which it does not.

“We may not be able to accomplish both — assisting the school and taking care of our needs,” Kramer said.

Developers for Barons Vista have proposed a 283-acre project with more than 600 residential units blended with commercial properties. The land is across Interstate 94 from the Roers development, west of Dickinson.

Engineer Shawn Soehren said from the project’s standpoint, a park makes sense.

With the housing aimed to be costing in the low $200,000’s, developers expect many young families to move in with young kids, Soehren said.

Dickinson Public Schools Superintendent Doug Sullivan said the district talks to a lot of developers, and “conversation does not necessarily equate to action.”

But the entire development is within the school district, and Sullivan said with the amount of single-family homes being proposed, if it is successful, “the school district would need to consider a location for a school.”

Lymn is a reporter for The Press. Contact her at 701-456-1211. Tweet her at kathlymn.