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COVID-19 Update 8/30/2021 

 

To Our Valued Customers,

Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and in light of increased community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Boise has reinstated a face covering requirement at all indoor city facilities, including Idaho IceWorld.

Idaho IceWorld operations:

  • All Idaho IceWorld users will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when inside the facility, including when participating in activities on the ice.
  • Physical distancing of 6-feet or more will be required for both player benches and locker rooms.
    • Locker room entrance will be granted 15 minutes prior to the ice session.
    • Skaters must exit the locker room 15 minutes after their skate.
    • Mask must be worn in the locker room.
    • Occupancy of locker room will be clearly displayed on the entrance door.
    • Physical distancing must be maintained while using the locker room.

Due to the limited number of people allowed in locker rooms, we will have to utilize all locker rooms located at the rented rink for each hockey-related rental. To accommodate back-to-back hockey rentals, 15 minutes will be added between ice sheets, which may alter your ice times.

The City of Boise will continue to monitor the COVID-19 health crisis and consult with state and local health officials to quickly change or modify health orders as needed. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

Mask Update

As of Wednesday, July 28, 2021, all Idaho IceWorld users will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when inside the facility, including when participating in activities on the ice.

Facility Reopening  

When IceWorld opens, limited classes and ice rentals will be available with the addition of leagues and drop-in programming beginning late September or early October. We will continue to update users as schedules are established.  

Budgeting Changes  

Operating and managing an ice rink is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. To continue to meet the needs of the community while remaining fiscally responsible, Boise Parks and Recreation is implementing an updated financial model for Idaho IceWorld going forward. Starting in October 2021, the start of the next fiscal year for the City of Boise, Idaho IceWorld is expected to recover 100 percent of costs related to general operating, equipment, and capital improvement expenditures. This model is common at other city-managed recreational facilities and will allow Idaho IceWorld to be successful for years to come. To accomplish this, our team has proposed fee increases for the majority of our classes, camps, and leagues at Idaho IceWorld to meet the new 100 percent cost recovery model. We have made every effort to continue to keep Idaho IceWorld program costs affordable, and also competitive, based on the local market. As always, scholarships are available for Idaho IceWorld leagues, classes, camps and activities. 

Updated fees and charges for Idaho IceWorld programming are outlined in the proposed 2022 budget being considered by the Boise City Council. Please email us for a copy of the proposed fees and charges document.  

Council members will work over the next few months to approve the city’s annual budget for the next fiscal year. A discussion of new fees and charges is a part of that process and there is opportunity to provide public comment. Click here to visit the city’s budget website.  

Operational Changes 

In addition to changes to the way Idaho IceWorld is managed from a budgeting standpoint, changes are also proposed to the operational model for the facility. Due to the seasonal popularity of hockey and figure skating, Idaho IceWorld sees the majority of use during the fall and winter seasons. To keep costs down and remain fiscally responsible, Boise Parks and Recreation leaders are proposing a modified operations schedule April through August. During these months, ice rentals will be available, but programming at the facility would be offered in a very limited capacity. This change will allow us to focus our efforts on programming the busiest months at Idaho IceWorld while continuing to grow league play and our Learn to Skate program.  

If you have clarifying questions about Idaho IceWorld’s updated operations and budget model or fees and charges proposed for the facility, please contact Boise Parks and Recreation via email so a team member can assist you. Keep in mind, only comments submitted to the Boise City Council will be considered in the budgeting process.   

Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as this process moves forward. We look forward to seeing you on the ice in the coming months.