• Dave G.

Day 3 - Post Flood

Tuesday morning came and guess who was at the rinks? Spoiler alert, it rhymes with Schmendersonville Spire Seedartment.

HFD Cleaning the Rinks Tuesday 2/26/19

If you guessed HFD then you were right! Not only did these guys get their truck out there and wash off the remainder of the silt and mud that was left over from the front end loader digging that junk out on Monday, they were digging out mud by hand. So if you see an HFD firefighter out while you're running around town, walk up to them, look them straight in the eye and give them a huge hug! If you're not a hugger then at least give them a huge thank you! They deserve a ton of credit, for what they do for this City.

By Tuesday afternoon both Rink 1 and Rink 2 had clean concrete. The Parks Department repaired some of the boards that had fallen over and plans were in place to begin piecing together what would, perhaps, be Hendersonville's largest jigsaw puzzle.

That afternoon, around 4 PM, volunteers from around the community began to show up to continue the cleanup process. Three power washers, a dozen brooms and rakes, who knows how many gallons of water and a couple dozen people started to clean surface tiles. When you have more than 30,000 square feet of tile to clean where do you start? At the top of the pile, that's where. Large chunks of tile surface (large as in 400 sq ft.) were manhandled into position where they were cleaned with the power washer and then manhandled once again to lay flat and allow the sun to dry and help remove any bending from ripples made when the floodwaters receded.

This group of volunteers worked well into the night, under the lights and was able to get some of the lines laid out on Rink 2. Tomorrow, we will continue the effort in hopes of getting all the lines laid out for Rink 2 and perhaps get some of the blue tiles cleaned. We maintain hope we will have one functional rink for the Spring 2019 season.

Stay tuned for updates!


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