MORRISTOWN - A winter tradition, the Morristown ice rink is getting a makeover. Located behind the fire hall off Morris Street, a new pavilion is being built designed specifically to enhance the skating experience.
Bought by the village and built by community members, Mayor Cheryl Shatraw says she believes this building will help stabilize the rink during the winter – protecting the ice from rain and sun.
Budgeted for $25,000, the majority of the 50ft by 100ft pavilion has been built with the floor expected to be poured in late August or September.
We built it in 5 1/2 days, said Fire Chief and Superintendent of Public Works, Kevin Crosby. With a team of 30-35 community members, the project is currently under budget, but Mr. Crosby said he didnt want to predict the future of the projects fiscal situation before he knew the cost of the floor installation.
While the pavilion was designed for the ice rink in particular, Mayor Shatraw is looking forward to seeing it utilized for more than just winter sports.
Her vision is to see everything from wedding receptions, family picnics, Forth of July celebrations and town gatherings happening at the new location.
Mr. Crosby says they are expecting to be able to set up picnic tables after the floor gets poured, but it could take until next summer. In the meantime, people looking to get an early start using the pavilion are encouraged by Mayor Shatraw to contact the village office to schedule a time (just bring your own tables for now, she says).