MUSKEGON, MICH. - Leaders in Muskegon continue looking for ways to increase the use of the city-owned L.C. Walker arena.
The city is spending up to $10,000 on a "revisioning" study of the arena. The Detroit area firm hired to do the study will review all of the arena's assets and amenities, from restrooms to seating.
City leaders want the arena to be used more frequently and not just for sporting events. The arena is home to the Lumberjacks junior league hockey team and the West Michigan Ironmen indoor football team.
The long-term goal is for the arena to become financially self-sufficient.
"The goal is to find the best possible use for the L.C. and to look at it as more than just a hockey rink," said Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson. "We have been doing that already.
"We approved a distillery to go in there a number of months ago, but the goal with working with these folks is to nail that vision down."
The rum distillery and restaurant city leaders approved will be built inside the L.C. Walker arena. It's expected to open June 1, 2017.
The study will take two months to complete.
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