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32 / MAY.JUNE.2017 USICERINKS.COM F OR MOST OF US, spring and summer has become that dreaded time of year where those less fortunate and without the full docket of scheduled ice time have resigned themselves to pacing empty lobbies and eagerly anticipating the return of 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. We know that all of us have different buildings and capabilities, but there are some common tasks that everyone should have on their radar. 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? Spring Cleaning By U.S. Ice Rink Association Staff PHOTO: COURTESY OF RINK ARCHIVES

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