Township — In May, Redford Township officials voted to get out of the
ice rink operation business by contracting with Family Entertainment Properties.
The contract began in June and is expected to save Redford money while improving
According to the Detroit News, the ice arena had been
expected to lose $70,000 in fiscal 2005. By contrast, under the new contract,
the arena is expected to generate $30,000 in annual profit for the township.
Family Entertainment Properties is also expected to make needed capital
investments and to provide more services.
Michigan Privatization Report has long followed
municipal recreation and recreation privatization in the state, recommending
privatization of nonessential municipal services — such as golf, wave pools, and
ice arenas. In 1999 the Mackinac Center dedicated an entire issue to
privatization of government recreational facilities. Entitled, "Entertaining
Privatization" the issue addressed everything from park, zoo, and state fair
privatization to ending public subsidies for professional sports stadiums and
the arts. The issue can be accessed on the World Wide Web at: