Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Ice Rink success because of many

EDITOR:

Thank you so much for the above fold article on the Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink. It was marvelous. We on the Placerville Drive Business Association (PDBA) want to thank the Democrat for all of your coverage and support of the ice rink. It was essential to our success and we are very appreciative.

But there are a few items that need to be clarified. It has been reported that Mike Kobus is the president of the PDBA. He is not. That honor goes to Peter McQuillen. Peter’s leadership kept us on course and focused while developing the ice rink.

The next is I forgot to mention two of the most essential members of our ice rink team. That would be Mike Pettibone and Paul Hartshorn. Mike and Paul were there from the beginning, helping to level the pad and building all of the ramps and decks to make the ice rink functional. Mike Pettibone and Paul Hartshorn made it happen.

An ice rink is not built in a day. It starts as an idea and step by step, slowly freezes into reality (sorry I just couldn’t resist the analogy).

Last but not least, and which we are so appreciative, is the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. It was about a year ago when we approached the fair with the dream of building the ice rink. From the fair board to the staff, they embraced the idea right from the start. We cannot thank enough Jody and John and all the folks at the fair that made the dream of an ice rink become a reality. We could not have done it without them.

MIKE KOBUS
Board Member, PDBA

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  • CarlaJanuary 17, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Bring back the ice rink! It was a great wintertime addition to our little town! Can't it stay all season long? Kids loved it, adults loved it, and it brought a few new jobs into town!

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  • Michael KobusJanuary 18, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Dear Carla, Thank you for the comments on the ice rink. Yes, we loved it too. As this was our first year, we were not sure how well it would be received by the community. As witnessed by the nearly 6200 skaters during a 23 day run, everybody loved and embraced it. Hopefully next year with support from the community we will have an ice rink for a longer period of time. We are extremely appreciative of the Fairgrounds. They were very accommodating and helped us out in so many ways. We thank them for their patience in both the construction and subsequent removal of the ice rink. We learned through this process that Rome, or an ice rink are not built or torn down in a day.

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  • CarlaJanuary 18, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Yes! That would be great! I know plenty of people that didn't get the opportunity to go because it was for a limited time. So many people loved the idea of having a rink so close to home! Thanks for the fun! :)

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