Falls Hockey Rink to get Makeover
Hockey enthusiasts will soon be able to skate on an entirely restored rink at Falls Township Community Park.
During Monday’s virtual Falls Township Supervisors meeting, the board awarded a bid to General Asphalt Paving Co., Inc for $96,539.63 to cover upgrades to the hockey rink. The company was the lowest of three bidders for the project. Work is expected to begin by the end of July following a 30-day responsible contractor evaluation.
The hockey rink upgrades were initially put out to bid earlier this year. However, at that time, only one bid was received, and the amount exceeded the budget, according to Township Engineer Joe Jones. The Supervisors, in an effort to remain fiscally responsible, rejected all bids and authorized Jones to readvertise the project with a modified scope of work.
On Monday, Jones said he was “comfortable” that the project could be kept within budget given the new lower bid. The project will be funded in large part through a $55,029 Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant.
“With this new bid it would be within the budgeted amount,” Township Manager Matthew Takita Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant. said.
Upgrades are aimed at improving the look and function of the roller hockey rink by resurfacing the rink, replacing the dasher board, restoring the fencing, painting, and marking the surface, and sealing cracks.
In other business, Police Chief Nelson Whitney and Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence reminded residents that fireworks use is permitted in only extremely “limited” areas of the township. Fireworks are prohibited anywhere that an occupied building is standing. Even if people are not in the building at the time of use, fireworks are still not allowed to be set off in proximity to buildings, or in parking lots with buildings nearby, Dence said.