SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College was authorized to build a new hockey locker facility at the Weibel Ice Rink and provide over $600,000 to the City for license fees and improvements to the rink complex, Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced last week. The license agreement was approved by the City Council Oct. 5.
Under the agreement, Skidmore is granted a license for 3,124 feet of land adjacent to the Weibel Rink, for 10 years, to construct new locker room facilities. The college is authorized to construct the new locker room facility at their own expense and will maintain the area and cover the cost of all utilities during the term of the license agreement. Skidmore can opt to renew the license agreement for an additional 10 years, and at the expiration of the agreement, the space will be turned back over to the city.
The city will receive $300,000 (net present value) divided into yearly installments for 10 years, along with an additional $310,000 invested over the first three years of the agreement specifically for improvements to the ice rink facilities. The planned improvements will include, among other things, the installation of a new traffic light at the rink entrance, and upgrades for both the Weibel and Vernon rink lobbies.
“This is a great opportunity for the City and Skidmore to work together and improve the City’s recreation facilities,” said Scirocco, in a statement. “We’ve been working toward this for a while and knowing that the Skidmore College hockey teams will continue to use our city rink as their home ice solidifies how Skidmore and the City of Saratoga Springs are dedicated to working together for the good of both our community and their students.”