Parents fight to save last of Augusta's ice


A place aimed at keeping kids cool, could be closing down within weeks. Now, parents are fighting to keep the ice in Augusta.

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News 12 at 11 O'clock / Thursday, July 10, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The clock is ticking for the Augusta Ice Sports Center.

"These kids are dedicated," Says Kim Swain. "They're here, they're training, they're working."

Although, soon the ice could disappear, the rink could dry up.

"Where will she practice?" she said.

Swain will soon have to take her granddaughter Brylie, somewhere else.

"I don't think it's really registered with Brylie at this point in time," she said.

But it seems good things always come to an end. After 15 years, Duncan Crerar thinks it could finally be the time.

"My lease agreement says I got 15 days to match the price," he said.

$2 million is what he would have to front to keep the rink open. If not, the future owners could take away the ice forever, possibly turning the building into an entertainment complex.

"They're gungho to do it, they're hoping we don't raise enough money, so they can buy the place," Crerar said.

Parent's aren't ready for that at all. Neither is Stephanie Riddle whose been Ice-skating here since she was nine. She's now an instructor teaching the kids she once was.

"It's very heartbreaking to hear that, we've grown up here," she said.

And just being out on the ice, it was obvious their love for the ice keeps them coming back for more and more.

"In the summer she's here nine hours a day, five days a week," Swain said.

It's the dedication that Crerar says parents love to see.

"It's what their kids love to do," he said.

Crerar even admits, he's not ready to let such a good thing go.

"Buy the building and keep it here forever, that's always been my hope," he said.

Brylies hope, like many others, is that someone will save her dream before it melts away.

"It's a good thing to keep here for the children," said Riddle.

A group of parents are banding together to try and save the ice rink with a GoFundMe and Facebook Page.






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