CORNING, NY (WENY) -- In less than 24 hours, the ice rink at Nasser Civic Center will open for the winter. Meanwhile, the Parks & Recreation Department is already looking ahead to some future upgrades.
On the agenda -- new bathroom fixtures, updating the facility's ADA accessibility and anew concessions area. New brick pavers will also be installed and the warm-up area will be updated.
But the upgrades go beyond just cosmetic work.
Come March, the entire rink floor will also be replaced.
"The floor is a few years past its useful life," says Chuck King, Recreation Director at Corning's Parks & Recreation Department. "The life of a rink floor is about twenty years. I think we're into twenty-three. So it's starting to crack and show its age."
And with new ice, comes a new coolant system.
The projects will be done in two phases.
The first phase will ideally be funded by a $900,000 bond the Corning City Council recently approved to move forward with. Officials hope the 2nd phase will be paid by a state grant - which the city applied for back in the Summer. That would cover the cost of cosmetic and ADA accessibility upgrades.
"The floor and the coolant system will be first," says King. "If we get the grant, the rest will be phased in in the coming years."
But for now, the department is hard at work for these last few hours, readying the ice to welcome skaters for the 2017-2018 season.
The rink opens Wednesday at 10:00 am.
For a complete schedule of rink events, you can visit the Department's website here.