First off, we would like to congratulate the staff at the Burnsville Ice Center for winning the 2019 James Padgett Award!

To recap, the Burnsville Ice Center staff completed a number of updates and major projects at their facility including replacing sidewalks and pavers on their main entrance areas, professionally staining all the exterior wood and professionally painting all buttresses using vandal proof paint. The most recently completed project was the replacement of four out of five roofs and utilizing newer technology by using 80mil TPO material that has a 30-year warranty.

The James Padgett Award is named for James F. Padgett who was a leader in our industry early in MIAMA’s history. He was the Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Virgina and operated the Miners Memorial Building. Unfortunately, “Padge” left us too soon at the age of 52 in 1984.

The James Padgett Award is given to an ice arena that has distinguished itself as a leader, innovator and contributor to the ice arena industry. The application process is a great way for an arena and its staff to review all of the projects that have been accomplished over the past year and show all of the work that has been put into the facility, no matter how small the accomplishment may seem. The award is not only limited to projects, however. If you or one of your employees has come up with a great invention, concept or operational ‘tool’ to help with efficiency or is a budget savvy idea, please also remember to make note of those things and submit an application for the award.

It is an understatement to say a lot of work is accomplished in every arena and the majority of that work often goes under the radar. The James Padgett Award gives arenas the opportunity to highlight that work no matter how big or small. This award also gives arenas the opportunity to ‘brag’ about everything that has been accomplished.

Please consider applying for this award in the years to come!

-Brian Christenson & Katie Broderick

James Padgett Award: Submit your projects, inventions, and concepts to be in the running to win the 2020 Padgett Award!

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