ice rink and baseball diamond
Kathy Hawkins and Natalie Palmlund updated the De Smet city council April 9 regarding the ongoing effort to reopen the city ice rink just behind Avera De Smet Memorial Hospital.
“It’s definitely a possibility,” said Mayor Gary Wolkow. “We’ll just keep working on it and see what happens.”
Palmlund had approached the council in December 2013 with the idea, but the council said it was concerned about the potential liability the city would shoulder if the rink reopened. Hawkins was asked to research the possibility from an insurance standpoint.
“It’s very doable from an insurance standpoint, but other costs would have to be considered,” Hawkins said. “Personally, I think it would be kind of fun.” The insurance quote she gave the council was $120 a year to cover the city’s liability.
What other costs would be associated with the ice rink seems to be a matter for further discussion. “We would like to see a warming shed, but that would be up to the city,” said Palmlund.