Police report details alleged vandalism at former Ice Zone
Township police are investigating alleged vandalism that occurred at the former Ice Zone in Boardman.
Jesse MacGregor, owner of Extreme Air Trampoline Park, which purchased the Ice Zone from Valley businessman Bruce Zoldan last week, filed the report Friday. MacGregor told police the ice temperature had been set at 70 degrees and a technician discovered the refrigerant tank was empty and numerous valve knobs were removed from the ice rink’s compressor system, which freezes the ice.
It requires 5,000 to 8,000 pounds of refrigerant to cool an ice rink, valued at between $110,000 and $224,000.
The technician told police it would require a licensed company with a tanker truck and permit to transport that much refrigerant.
A former Ice Zone employee told police he arrived at work Wednesday and employees of Phantom Fireworks, also owned by Zoldan, stopped him and told him he was fired. Several men were surrounding the compressor system, the employee told police. He added he did not see a tanker truck.
Zoldan released a statement Friday responding to media reports about the change in ownership at the Ice Zone.
In the statement, Zoldan said: “The new owners bought the building but did not purchase the ongoing Ice Zone Ltd. business, nor any of the equipment, Zamboni, ice skates, refrigerant or other items owned by and used in the Ice Zone, Ltd. business operation.”
MacGregor and his partners with Extreme Air plan to reopen the ice rink under a new name.