1950s revival gets rolling in Sunnyside
Meeting after public meeting this year, East Carbon and Sunnyside residents peppered council members questions about the non-existent youth recreation available in the soon to be combined townships. Sunnyside took action on the matter Tuesday, completing plans for a community ice skating rink to be finished as soon as a permanent freeze hits the Castle Country.
Children using the rink, which is located near Bruin Point Elementary on Valley View, will be skating in Sunnyside for the first time, but the venue has been a part of eastern Carbon County since the early 1950s.
"Kaiser helped the city get that rink together," said former mayor and current city council member Bruce Andrews. "And this community has always loved it."
Discussion about renovating the area began during summer council sessions with work beginning over a month ago. City employees worked to clear the area and map out the ponds exact layout with Carbon County lending heavy equipment to finish the renovation's leveling.
"Drainage was needed near the old arena and the county has been great about coming up here and working with us on that as well as grading the surface," explained Mayor Doug Parsons.
While available power is a bonus should the city decide to build a hot chocolate shack, the low power lines bring more danger than they are worth. The city plans use a contracted local electrician to deal with the lines.
Should they decide to use the lines, lights may be hung at the pond. There is already a fire pit available in the area for roasting marshmallows and to provide light and warmth.
"With the cities becoming one, this is a great way to recreate together in the winter months, said council member Tony Riffle. "I've been around since the 1950s and that pond was always popular with the entire community when it was open."
The rink is rather large, measuring 300 by 400 feet, more than enough space to accommodate all those who would like to skate in an area which boast only about 1,600 - 1,800 total residents.
Another 1950s venue is also re-opening in Sunnyside, as Gus Burdis started the Sunnybowl Cafe on Nov. 11.
"That cafe has been a part of this community for most of the past 50 years," said Andrews. "Our area is just a different place when the Sunnybowl is open."
The cafe also opened during Kaiser Steel's heyday and was open almost continuously until it closed in the early part of 2000. The cafe is located just west of Miner's Trading Post on U-123.