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Ice rink is a good idea at the wrong time

Nevada Appeal editorial board

An ice rink in the Pony Express Pavilion seems to be the right idea at the wrong time.

Although it’s been a few years since we’ve been on skates, the idea of another recreational opportunity in Carson City has broad appeal – especially one that could well bring people to the capital because they don’t have a lot of ice-skating choices in the region.

The problem is not with an ice-skating rink. It’s with the programs – in-line hockey, especially – that would be displaced.

Yes, the pavilion was originally envisioned as a skating arena when it was built a dozen years ago. That didn’t work out, and Marv Teixeira – mayor then, mayor now – took a lot of ribbing over the city’s failure to find a really good use for the place.

Since its debut with a Three Dog Night concert in 1993, the $2 million pavilion has seen several concerts, farmers markets and car shows. The Nevada Appeal even held a communitywide garage sale there.

Although it has never lived up to its promise, the Pony Express Pavilion has nevertheless become a useful facility. Many of the events there could take place nowhere else in Carson City.

When few others wanted anything to do with the big barn, in-line hockey players organized their leagues and began building a grassroots recreational program. It has succeeded, and now the Pony Express Pavilion is crucial to its future.

The list of recreational needs and wants for Carson City is a long and expensive one. We’d like to add an ice-skating rink to it, but it probably wouldn’t be at the top. And it shouldn’t be at the expense of another activity.