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Parks Dept. to auction McMillen Park Ice Arena items

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Zambonis and hockey rink materials highlighted

Friday, June 21, 2013 - 4:18 am

With a little bit of money, Komets forward Kaleigh Schrock can officially purchase his home away from home.

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department is holding an auction June 28 for various items from the McMillen Park Ice Arena, including the penalty box Schrock spent so much of his formative hockey years sitting in.

Items can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. next Friday and sealed bids are due at the Fort Wayne Purchasing Department, 200 E. Berry St., Suite 490 by 3 p.m. that afternoon.

The city reserves the right to reject all bids, and items must be removed by July 31 by licensed and insured vendors.

Among the things being auctioned are three sets of dasher boards, players benches and penalty boxes, two sets of perimeter netting, large and small infrared heaters, cooling tower, compressor skid three Zamboni machines and more than 200 pairs of ice skates.

``The only other auction we've every done was Deihm Museum (in 2011),'' said Fort Wayne Parks Dept. Deputy Director of Leisure Services Perry Ehresman. ``We're hoping we get some people bidding, but you never know.''

With its light green coloring, the ice plant looks like the set of a 1950s science fiction starship bridge, but it was actually purchased in 2000. Maybe the key attraction could be the small studio rink which is about the third the size of a normal rink. It could be the ultimate 10-year-old's dream of a backyard rink, complete with dasher boards and glass.

The building has not put down ice in more than two years since the opening of Lutheran Health Sportscenter. The original rink, built in 1957 for a cost of $300,000, has been used for indoor soccer recently, and the Derby Girls have used the new rink, built in 2000, for a practice facility.

In April, the Allen County Council voted to award a $118,000 contract for converting the arena into an all-ages community center suitable for sports and recreation activities, including basketball, as well as educational and social activities. The parks department will run the renovated facility.

``This facility has 87,000 square feet which is bigger than our other three youth centers combined,'' Ehresman said.