Open skate: Now til the end of winter at the Montrose ice rink

With the cold weather descending upon us it’s a great time to take advantage of one of the newer additions in Montrose – an outdoor skating rink located near Montrose Memorial Playground. Just make sure to bundle up!

The rink is frozen and ready to go – thanks to a great group of volunteers, borough workers and to Craig Reimel for getting the rink ready for skaters. Their big challenge was replacing the rink liner used last year which had gotten some holes throughout. In order for the rink to be filled and frozen, a plastic liner is placed at the bottom of the bowl-shaped area – about 100 feet by 40 feet in size.

Mr. Reimel approached Cabot at the start of winter with the issue and though we didn’t have a liner laying around to donate, we realized we know of one company that might be able to help out.

Equipment Transport, LLC is a company that has multiple areas of expertise – rig moving, equipment rental, containment, and most importantly for this story, containment. They’re also those truck you may have seen on the road with the winking smiley face on the back.

David Florance is the Founder, President and CEO and he’s made giving back to local communities where Equipment Transport operates a large priority. David was born and raised in Hallstead, so he’s a local guy who puts emphasis on buying locally, hiring locally, and giving back to the communities.

Upon hearing of the opportunity to help with the ice rink, Equipment Transport donated a white liner to make sure the rink could be filled up and everyone could enjoy it this winter.

I asked David why they got involved in the project:

I am a firm believer that I would much rather have kids skating outside than sitting inside watching television. I grew up on a farm and grew up riding bikes and playing outside every day. This is a way to ensure that young kids in the area can go outside and play.

This isn’t an isolated case of the folks at Equipment Transport giving back to the community. The company was also a large donor to the EMHS/Cabot Community Match Fund and has helped with various projects around the area.

We’re happy that the rink is full, frozen and ready to be used. Take advantage of one of the few outdoor rinks in the area while the cold weather lasts.

And don’t forget to thank all of the volunteers around town who have made the rink possible and Equipment Transport for making sure there is ice this year.

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Brittany Ramos

Brittany was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Pennsylvania State University where she earned degrees in Public Relations and Psychology. She recently earned her Masters in Sociology from Sam Houston State University. Brittany works in the External Affairs for Cabot where she manages communications and outreach projects to community members, elected officials, media and online supporters.

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