Rec center, ice rink on the mend |

Rec center, ice rink on the mend

Dan Thrift/Tahoe TribuneThe inflatable roof over the city pool collapsed Sunday during a storm.

A frozen pipe caused the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena to close for about an hour Thursday while crews fought to keep the inflatable bubble roof above the pool at the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Center.

No one was injured.

The pipe, located above the rink’s entrance and used to feed fire sprinklers, sent out a burst of water for less than five minutes. Water surged along the ground to the red benches while 25 ceiling tiles were damaged, said Steve Weiss, park superintendent.

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department made sure there was no threat of an electrical fire since there was an electrical shortage.

“The staff did a good job,” Weiss said. “They really minimized the damage.”

The rink reopened at 1 p.m. Thursday to receive skaters and children off school from five consecutive snow days.

On Sunday, an inflatable roof over the city’s recreational pool caved in, a frequent occurrence during severe winter storms.

Crews cut the fabric to release water and patched the holes with tape used to fix sails on sailboats. Winds were uncooperative Thursday to successfully inflate the roof and open the pool.

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