Quiet Waters' rebuilt rink is set for opening

November 16, 2008|By Chris Guy | Chris Guy,chris.guy@baltsun.com

After nearly 20 years of technical glitches, construction delays and frequent closures, the rebuilt ice rink at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis is set to open Nov. 29.

The state's Board of Public Works awarded $1.35 million last fall from the state's Project Open Space program, with the county contributing the rest of the $2 million reconstruction costs that will restore the original design of the 16,000-square-foot rink.

The centerpiece of the 350-acre park will be used for skating in the winter and as a decorative reflecting pond in warm-weather months, county officials said.

The rink, originally built in 1990, was hindered by a series of mechanical problems and equipment failures, said Mark Garrity, the county's parks administrator.

Friends of Quiet Waters Park and other supporters continued to push for repairs at the rink, even after numerous closures.

"Commitments were made years ago," said County Executive John R. Leopold, who will lead the Nov. 29 ceremonial opening of the rink, which has been closed since 2003. "I am confident that all the technology will work as it was designed to. Promises were made, and I think it's important to keep them."

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