Sprinker Recreation Center’s ice arena is scheduled to close May 17 for a $6.1 million renovation project which includes replacing the 35-year-old ice rink, refrigeration system and the roof over the rink.

The closure is expected to last until the end of the year. Pierce County Parks and Recreation staff is working to shift ice-related classes to the Puget Sound Hockey Center in Tacoma’s Tideflats business area for the duration of the closure. While that facility can accommodate many of Pierce County’s figure and hockey sessions, it does not have the capacity for open skating sessions for the general public.

The indoor tennis and classroom facilities at Sprinker will remain open during the construction. Leisure classes for such activities as yoga and karate will continue, as will meetings and special events. The numerous outdoor activities at the recreation center’s playfields and skate park also will not be affected by the rink closure.

Located in the Spanaway area of central Pierce County, the building has been experiencing an increasing number of problems, particularly as uncontrolled moisture rusted equipment and portions of the roof, which leaks.

Much of the funding for the project is coming from the county’s real estate excise tax dedicated to parks. Click here for more information.