Holland city council takes ‘major step’ towards building ice rink

HOLLAND – The city council of Holland took several important steps to inaugurate a dream ice rink during its meeting on Wednesday October 19.

“It’s fun,” City Manager Keith Van Beek said. “We’ve been dreaming about this particular project…we’ve been imagining the location for this rink for years. I still remember talking about it probably a few months after we started.

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“We’re putting all the pieces together (with) the fundraising, getting the final construction drawings and really getting this to the point where we can turn the dirt around next year – that’s a major milestone in this element tonight, and We are pleased .”

A rendering of the future Window in the Waterfront ice rink in downtown Holland.  The city hopes to make the space a year-round convenience, with activities beyond the skating season.

During the meeting, the board approved an agreement with the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area for the acceptance and administration of charitable funds to support the project, in addition to agreements with GMB Architecture and Engineering and GDK Construction .

“The vision you see in front of you is truly the dream of the community,” Deputy City Manager Matt VanDyken told the council. “Now we’re at a point where those dreams are coming true.”

The agreement with GMB to design and create the construction documentation includes ice rink specialist contractor B32 Engineering. The deal is for $473,000, plus up to $37,000 in reimbursable expenses.

“It’s not a cheap contact,” VanDyken said. “But it’s not a small project either. It will be, I think, a gem in the heart of downtown.”

The agreement with GDK for construction management services includes pre-construction fees not to exceed $23,650, a 3.4% construction cost fee and site supervision of $4,450 per week.

Holland City Council took several important steps to inaugurate a dream rink at its meeting on Wednesday, October 19.

Frank Kraai – a former elementary school teacher, principal and serial community volunteer – kicked off the rink campaign when he wrote a $1 million check to the city for the project earlier this year.

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“The bank came to me and said, ‘Frank, I think we can call you a millionaire,'” he told The Sentinel in April. “And I said ‘No, no, that’s a fancy term, I don’t have that kind of money. And if I have that money, I’m going to give it away.'”

City staff proposed a state-of-the-art ice rink with a “ribbon” design, with real ice that will be refrigerated to extend the skating season, skate rentals, an on-demand curling area de Kraai, who is a big fan of the sport, and an accessory building.

The city is also exploring a streetcar loop that would connect downtown “gems” – including Eighth Street, Window on the Waterfront, Windmill Island Gardens, the Civic Center and Hope College.

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