Ice rinks closing due to warm weather? (H/T – GP)


Here we are in a record cold season and the ice rinks in Sioux Falls are being closed due to ‘warm weather’. Ellis asks a great question?

The fine people over at the parks and rec department sent out a press release this morning that says the city’s six ice rinks are shutting down for the season on Sunday because of “warm weather.”

Maybe the parks and rec department is vacationing in Palm Springs right now. It’s currently -4 right now, according to my trusty Weather Channel app. It’s going to be really warm tomorrow, at 24. Then Saturday a high of 0, followed by another high of 0 on Sunday, the day the ice rinks close because of warm weather.

Indeed, in the entire 10-day outlook, the high temperature doesn’t break the freezing mark once.

Is it warm weather? Or is it an unwillingness to spend money to keep the ice rinks open?

UPDATE: The city has sent out another press release announcing the season-ending closures. This time the release doesn’t give a reason. Must not have been in the park and rec budget to go beyond the first weekend of March.

We could ask others… OK, it reminds me of how:

  • Close pools early in August so they do not have to clean or do repairs?
  • The city quits the upkeep on a pool because they decide years before to quit keeping it up, so they could force the citizens to accept a new indoor pool after the people kept rejecting their previous plans?
  • Decide to quit upkeep on the concrete streets and roads, making the roads unsafe? We drivers are so pissed off we finally accept crappy overlays.
  • The city quits updating utility infrastructure, so we end up with one disaster after another to make a mayor ‘look good’ saving us?
  • Our city puts in such cheap / bad infrastructure throughout or is it the consulting engineer who tell the city, “Put in this crap and we will have another project in a few years.”
  • We citizens must accept the fact of old or cheap piping ready to blow at the first sign of stress. How many hydrants, water mains and sewer lines have blown up in the last few years due to more poor planning…
  • We must accept 14th Street being torn up every few years because someone made another major mistake causing another failure.
  • Accept a ‘fiction’ as ‘fact’ to get the voters to accept the salesman’s inevitable conclusion.
  • City spending millions of dollars to save an old high school building, putting nice frosting on a cow pie, then wondering why we have to replace the windows, roofs, and spend another $85,000 to convert a closet. It will probably cost $85,000 to clean up all the other impurities lingering in the building with all the extra-curricular goings-on there…
  • We are promised a 15,000 capacity events center but to get it under budget, the salesman slyly gets it downsized to 12,000 with telling us? The 50 year hatred of the current Arena by several well placed SF citizens to have special seating in the building their grandparents wanted? Why do we have to suffer under the debt so the mayor has another building he can have his name permanently attached to?
  • Instead of…. Well you get it by now, each of us could add to this list.

Kermit Staggers asked a simple question at a recent city council meeting, don’t we have a designer or engineer employed by the city who could design something for Lyon Park instead of hiring a ‘consulting firm’? Word is, Jeff Schmidt has turned away landscape engineer applicants because they have it handled (whatever this means).

We citizens are going to pay for years for all the frosting on the cow pies located around town this mayor and council have approved. We have a subprime credit card salesman who only wants to make things look good and blame us if it does not look like he wants it to.

Look at each of his top ten list, it is opposite land of Orwellian proportions. Each of the top ten (BTW, campaigning on the city’s dime?) are the an attempt to direct our attention away from the failures of this administration by making them look like successes.

There is more, Sioux Falls are you ready for more failures to put naming rights on?

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein 


#1 pathloss on 03.02.14 at 1:52 pm

Do city officials live here? I think they were in Arizona making this decision. They’re there thinking of how to sneak in an indoor swimming pool on federal land so developers get one more dip before Huether loses in April.

#2 LJL on 03.02.14 at 10:41 pm

Yep, We borrow money to build pools, event centers, art galleries, so on and so on but we can’t afford to plow the fucking snow.

Thanks to you liberals for putting wants before needs. See all previous posts in regards to snow gates, tree trimming, sidewalk repair, healthcare and so on as proof.

“If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
Winston Churchill

Good to see your finally growing into your age DL.

#3 Guest Poster on 03.03.14 at 8:03 am

LJL, since when does the corporatist special interests you listed above equate to your idea of ‘liberal’? We are a community where basic services with common interests and needs to make the community work.

Our snow removal this year is among the worst I have witnessed since the 1980’s. This is not the fault of our city employees or contractors. We have a major management deficit now. We have a micro-manager mayor who demands everything be done the way he wants without allowing the grader operator the flexibility to do the normal job.

Apparently paying EC bonds is more important than the basic functions of South Dakota local government.

#4 Daizi46 on 03.03.14 at 8:34 am

ORRR…maybe in the past years they closed due to warm weather and someone sending out the press release didn’t tweak the wording? HEAVEN forbid it was something as simple as that….geez.

#5 l3wis on 03.03.14 at 8:52 am

Daizi, probably the case. But as an estimator, when I pull up an estimate from the year before, I check the quote letter for updated language, and update all the pricing. Wouldn’t this person do the same thing before sending out the release? Or is there that much laziness in the Parks Department. Of course, these are the same people who promoted a candy cane hunt, then didn’t show up. Go figure.

#6 LJL on 03.03.14 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for proving my point. I think you’re a bit “over your skis” in that first sentence.

#7 Guest Poster on 03.03.14 at 10:53 pm

LJL, is ‘liberal’ anything you do not agree with?

#8 LJL on 03.05.14 at 10:38 pm

No. There are plenty conservative sacred cows I don’t agree with either.

BORROWING money to pay for WANTS before NEEDS is definitely a LIBERAL ideology.

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