If there ever was a facility that deserved the adage, "If you build it, they will come," it is an artificial ice rink in Porter County. Every other sport has multiple fields, courts and pools for our youths and adults to enjoy, except for reliable ice skating.
The Porter County commissioners and Park Board have discussed an artificial rink as one solid use of county funds. More input from county residents would be a good impetus to get the ball (or puck) rolling.
Initially, a low-cost rink with used ice-making equipment, boards, and hopefully at least a roof with lighting, would get it going. Then we could see the turnout for figure skating clubs, youth and high school hockey teams, men and women adult leagues, and reliable, open skating for all.
Porter County is in the northernmost part of a northern state, in the heart of Blackhawks country, but no rink. Sad, eh?
- John Gregurich, Chesterton