Mammoth Town Council reaches split decision on MUF

By Deb Murphy

Mammoth town staff was directed to proceed on Mammoth’s Multi-Use Facility at last week’s Town Council meeting.

After years of wrangling, the ice rink, with multiple uses, in Mammoth Creek Park West may not be the mega-facility originally envisioned, but the latest iteration got a 3-2 vote and came in under the $13 million cap.

It’s a tent, technically called a tensile fabric, or sprung, structure. But it will include a lobby, bleachers, restrooms, concessions, lockers, storage, warmth and even has the potential to include a mezzanine to maximize seating.

The Town’s engineering manager Haislip Hays made the presentation, including conceptual illustrations of the finished product. The project could, potentially, be under construction by next spring.

The sprung structure got decent reviews during the public comment period. While the consensus was the concept wasn’t perfect, people were just tired of talking about it.

Resident Sandy Hogan wanted funds to go toward housing first. Former councilmember Colin Fernie thought a sprung structure was “beneath us,” but it did meet programming needs.

During Council discussion, Mayor Cleland Hoff appeared to agree with Fernie in terms of the aesthetics. Kirk Stapp supported the concept but wanted to hold off on a vote until the Council prioritized other projects.

Councilmember John Wentworth’s comeback: “We can walk and chew gun at the same time. We need to balance our priorities.” Wentworth, Lynda Salcido and Bill Sauser gave the project the thumbs up.

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David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

.I never spend much time in Mammoth,when I go north fishing and camping,it’s always farther north..Lee Vining,Bridgeport,Walker Canyon….but I’ll put my two cents in anyway with this one….once again,gotta say,the important thing in our “new America”…..ALL about the money…”free enterprise”,and probably some company coming in to build and reap the… Read more »

sugarmags
sugarmags
3 years ago
Reply to  David Dennison

You’ve almost have it right….that is what America is all about, the almighty dollar and free enterprise. But that has nothing to do with the Govt. The Govt. is controlled/manipulated by capitalists who use it to make money for themselves and their friends. Anyone who thinks there truly is a… Read more »

Ice Tink
Ice Tink
3 years ago

Good points Tinner.

Putting an ice rink inside a plastic tent – should smell really good in there after a few winters – defeats its purpose.

All the charm of a Costco in Glendale.

sugarmags
sugarmags
3 years ago
Reply to  Ice Tink

have any of you ever even been to Little Eagle?

Tinner
Tinner
3 years ago

Affordable Housing and a 24 hour police presence should come before an ice rink under a tent, judging by John Wentworth’s driving habits, maybe he doesn’t want more police patrolling the streets. I lost all confidence in Town Council and the Town of Mammoth years ago after the Airport boondoggle… Read more »

sugarmags
sugarmags
3 years ago
Reply to  Tinner

The ice rink is for locals. Of course tourists can use it too. I’ve said many times, Towns/Cities that place the community first are the places that tourists want to visit. Towns/Cities that chase the tourist dollar, not so much.

Freezy
Freezy
3 years ago
Reply to  sugarmags

The ice rink is for locals?

OK I get it now.

Most “locals” are LA transplants, so the thought of an indoor ice rink in the mountains doesn’t bother them.

sugarmags
sugarmags
3 years ago
Reply to  Freezy

Locals want an ice rink. People enjoy curling, hockey and skating. If economic realities mean indoor or a tent, that’s better than none. An outdoor ice rink in heavy snow country is often closed for snow removal. Environmental reality!

Tonya Liteson
Tonya Liteson
3 years ago
Reply to  sugarmags

Really?

Keystone, Vail, Sun Valley, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Jackson – to name a few – all have beautiful outdoor ice rinks.

But those are real ski towns; Mammoth is a suburb of Los Angeles.

So indoors in a plastic tent is actually quite appropriate.

sugarmags
sugarmags
3 years ago
Reply to  sugarmags

I don’t know what constitutes a ‘real ski town’….but I sure as heck know what constitutes a real ski mountain, and Mammoth Mountain is one of the best!!! And I sure as heck like living in a town where people don’t lock their front doors and leave their keys in… Read more »

Twin Tips
Twin Tips
3 years ago
Reply to  sugarmags

That is and seems always will be Mammoth’s problem – world-class mountain; dumpy charmless town.