Fort Bragg has iced its decision to close Cleland Ice Rink.

Because of budget constraints, the facility, located in Building 3-1606 Reilly Street, had been scheduled to close May 24 for the summer months. It would have reopened Sept. 15, but after surveying patrons and proposing fee increases, officials announced May 9 that the facility would remain open with increase fees.

Under the new fee schedule, public skate sessions for weekday admission, which includes skates, increased from $4 to $7.

Weekend prices rose from $7 to $10.

The decision to remain open has been well received, said Michael Parrent, facility’s manager.

“The patrons are ecstatic. They’ve made it very well known on Facebook that they are very happy,” said Parrent.

Indeed, by noon Monday, the announcement on Fort Bragg’s Facebook page had garnered 107 likes, and received favorable comments such as “worth the increase in prices to keep it open and ‘thank you’” posts.

Cleland Ice Rink is the only year-round ice rink within a 60-mile radius, according to the Fort Bragg Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website. The rink offers ice and in-line skating, group and private lessons and it is easily accessible for both military and civilian patrons.

For more information about Cleland Ice/In-Line Skating Rink, call 396-5127 or visit the Fort Bragg FMWR website at www.fortbraggmwr.com.

To view the new fee structure, visit http://www.piersystem.com/go/doc/5287/1769795/ClelandFeeStructure-050913-jpg.

Meanwhile, patrons are encouraged to continue using the facility.

“Please feel free to come check us out over the summer to cool off,” Parrent said.