Fort Collins Ice Goes Green
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Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC) in Fort Collins is going green. EPIC has added an electric ice resurfacer to its fleet.
The new electric ice resurfacer is projected to save the facility upwards of $20 per day in fuel costs. It is the first electronic ice resurfacer machine to be purchased by the City of Fort Collins and the second of its kind in Colorado. EPIC's new electric ice resurfacer is manufactured by Resurfice, headquartered in Elmira, Ontario, Canada. Resurfice has been manufacturing Olympia ice resurfacers for more than 50 years.
The Olympia IceBear is of stainless-steel construction and capable of spreading a new coat of ice in minutes. The IceBear uses electric energy as its power source. EPIC's previous ice resurfacer ran on propane gas. Stephanie Munro, Recreation Area Manager for the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department, sees the value of the new ice resurfacer. "Our last ice resurfacer served admirably for 38-years; that's about 16,000 hours of ice time. I look forward to seeing the new ice resurfacer in action and realizing the cost and energy savings it will provide the City."
Cost and energy savings were the primary motivation in selecting an electric ice resurfacer. The previous ice resurfacer used more than 26,000 gallons of propane fuel and cost more than $85,000 in maintenance over nearly four decades. The new electric ice resurfacer will not require propane fuel and will rely solely on electricity. Munro adds, "With the machine sometimes having to make more than 30 ice runs per day, cost and energy savings will add up quickly."
The lease-for-purchase of the new electric ice resurfacer will be funded by EPIC reserves. The total cost of the machine is $140,000.
To see the City's newest addition to Fleet Services in action, stop by EPIC during open skate hours. EPIC is located at 1801 Riverside Avenue.
For hours and more information, visit fcgov.com/epic.