City of Steamboat looking for a spot to build a new Igloo |

City of Steamboat looking for a spot to build a new Igloo

Scott Franz

— Steamboat Springs officials say the 35-year-old Igloo next to the Howelsen Ice Arena has reached the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced.

There are plans to soon replace this old child care facility with a new, slightly larger building.

The city’s 2016 capital budget calls for the purchase of a new, 2,500-square-foot modular to replace the current Igloo, which has been repaired and renovated extensively over the years.

Officials want to have the Igloo built at a new location to give the children’s programs more room, make way for a potential second sheet of ice at the Ice Arena and relocate the current child care facility farther from a nearby power transformer station.

Finding a home for a new Igloo hasn’t been easy, however.

Three of the five sites the city has evaluated for the new child care facility have had deal breakers.

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For example, the Stockbridge Transit Center parking lot scored low on the list of potential sites because it lies below a plane landing path.

Child care facilities cannot be built in such areas.

Another potential site, on the corner of Brooklyn Park, was ruled out because of its proximity to a power transformer station.

City staff also looked at the current Christmas tree recycling site near the ice arena, the horse stables site at Howelsen and the site of the skate park at Howelsen.

Staff ranked the skate park site as the most favorable so far investigated.

The skate park could be moved to a nearby spot at the Howelsen park, and children who frequent the new Igloo would have access to all of the many amenities at the park.

Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation commissioners discussed the Igloo plans last week.

Commissioners did not make a formal recommendation for the move and offered some other ideas.

City staff is continuing to vet potential locations for the new Igloo.

The city’s 2016 budget includes a proposed $260,000 expenditure on the new facility.

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