The following article by Nick Halter was published in the March 4, 2013 issue of the Southwest Journal:
PARADE ICE GARDEN WILL GET MAJOR RENOVATION
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved its largest borrowing measure in many years, agreeing to spend $9.8 million to upgrade Parade Ice Garden near downtown and make energy improvements and city golf courses.
Board members unanimously approved the spending a couple of weeks after staff presented a consultant study showing that the Park Board spends hundreds of thousands annually to maintain and operate an ice arena with a leaky R-22 refrigeration system. Along with a new system, the funding will also allow for the installation of new floors and fix a falling roof.