Why is the ice rink still closed?

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

It is now close to 200 days since the Gen­oveva Chavez Cen­ter ice rink has been open. On July 20, the Chavez Cen­ter re­opened its gym and pool un­der COVID-safe prac­tices. On July 21, Re­cre­ation Di­rec­tor John Muñoz told the city Fi­nance Com­mit­tee that when the pub­lic health or­der on ice rinks was lifted, “We will be able to open the ice rink.”

On Aug. 24, Muñoz sent an email to Mayor Alan Web­ber stat­ing, “I’ll send over our plan for re­open­ing as I get a cou­ple more de­tails.”

On Sept. 4, Web­ber emailed me, “We now have pretty much ev­ery­thing in place we need to move ahead.” On Sept. 18, the pub­lic health or­der on ice rinks was lifted un­der COVID-19-safe prac­tices. And the Chavez Cen­ter ice rink re­mains closed, and there is no date on when it will open.

It’s so frus­trat­ing that I have to keep driv­ing to the Al­bu­querque area where the rinks are open, car­pool­ing as best I can. Why is the city drag­ging its feet? It won’t even put the ice back in?

Ev­ery­thing else is open at the Chavez Cen­ter. Let Cin­derella into the ball.

Lisa Schub Santa Fe

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