Plans for updated Shaw Park Ice Rink to be heard at Plan Commission meeting

The Shaw Park Ice Rink could soon be getting an updated look, according to plans filed with the City of Clayton last month.

In a proposal submitted to the planning development services on Nov. 20, the Clayton Parks & Recreation Department is proposing a new multi-use facility project that replaces the existing ice rink and facility with a new NHL-regulation size ice rink and facility that would address the needs of both the ice skating and tennis seasons.

According to the proposed plans, the existing two-story ice rink Building, along with the existing tennis center, would be demolished as part of this project. The proposed new facility is a single story building that allocates space for both ice rink functions in the winter, and tennis functions in the summer.

The property,within Shaw Park, is located at the intersection of Brentwood Blvd and Bonhomme Ave.

The estimated cost of the project including construction would be about $7.5 million, according to the city’s records.

The Parks & Recreation Department along with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. is scheduled to present their plans in front of the Clayton Plan Commission and Architectural Review Board at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18.

According to the plans, the ice rink will include provisions to be used in the summer as concrete slab or to be converted to turf for field sport practice fields. The facility would also provide space for a warming lounge with views onto the ice deck, a lounge that opens onto a tennis overlook porch, skate rental/tennis retail, ticketing and administrative offices, party rooms, teamlockers, referee lockers, and seasonal equipment storage.

The proposed new arrival to the site includes a bump-out at the location of the existing half-circle drop-off area, shortening the lengths of theproposed crosswalks across Brentwood Blvd and creates a drop-off parking lane and ADA parking near the building entrance. The bump-out also allows for the addition of more street side parking in front of the existing pool, the plans said.

The new ice rink facility would be 200 feet, allowing it to be the standard size for high school hockey. Additionally, the building would serve the need of the Tennis Center in the off-months and be more power efficient.

A traffic study has been requested to investigate the interaction between this proposed design and traffic patterns in the area.

The site design includes the relocation of the existing Molecular Bloom with Single Flower sculpture to be centered on a new tree-lined plaza, which will be aligned with the westbound lanes of Bonhomme Avenue.

Adjacent to the south edge of the plaza is a proposed 7,900 square-foot open green event lawn, flanked by built-in concrete seating.

A new sidewalk would be provided from the tennis courts northward toward the facility and onto the tennis overlook porch, to facilitate ease of access to the building by tennis patrons.

Barring any fallout in the design plans, the new multi-use facility is expected to be completed in Fall 2019.

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