May/June 2019

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F OR MOST OF US, spring and sum- mer has become that dreaded time of year where those less fortunate and without the full-docket of scheduled ice time have resigned ourselves to pacing empty lobbies and eagerly anticipating the return of our core customers. But as we get into the summer months, there is plenty to do in our facilities to prepare for our busy season (which is only 132-143 days away—but who's counting). To help you accomplish your goals, we've compiled a handy checklist. Make the List It all starts with a list. Walk through your building and compile a list of cosmetic improvements and safety items that can best be accomplished during your down time: Area of Focus: Lobby, Public Restrooms, Concessions Area, Party Rooms, Viewing and Spectator Areas , Do walls need a fresh coat of paint? , What is the condition of the flooring? ,What is the condition of benches, countertops, trash cans, tables and chairs? ,Do the toilets, sinks, and hand-drying stations work? ,Are the changing stations and stall doors in working order? ,Does the concession equipment work and in good condition? Area of Focus: Rink, Locker Rooms, Referee and Coaches' Rooms , Are the dasher boards in need of repair? ,Are the kick plates sound and free of gaps, bumps and kinks? ,Do the doors and latches to the rink move easily and are they sound? ,Does the glass sit flush on the cap rail? ,Are the stanchions or seamless dividers flush between panes of glass? ,What is the condition of the flooring and benches? There's no time like now to fix, replace, clean and organize 38 / MAY.JUNE.2019 USICERINKS.COM Summer To-Dos

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