Raise the Rink
The Palouse Ice Rink is leading efforts to enhance and expand our local ice facility. The current rink, which is 3/4 size, was built in 2001 as a temporary facility to establish whether there was a demand on the Palouse. After 17 seasons and thousands of smiles, the PIR Board is targeting building a permanent structure in the spring of 2019.
Unfortunately, the temporary design of the ice rink has limited our ability to service our customers, which includes children, college students, adults, and families. Our structure’s exterior is a canvas shell that lacks the ability to reduce noise and provide insulation from warmer weather. Hours of operation and the length of the season are both negatively impacted because of this.
Furthermore the ¾-sized ice surface limits the number of people able to participate in our largely successful pubic skating sessions and Science on Ice program. Hockey players by the age of 13 must play games on a full-sized rink, either in Coeur d’Alene or Cheney. Figure skaters are not able to practice or perform beyond a beginner level at our undersized rink, and are forced to travel elsewhere. The current facility has a single portable toilet as the only available restroom for patrons to use.
The PIR presented a request to the Moscow City Council in August 2016 that $1 million of the Hamilton Fund be made available for a new ice rink. The council responded by unanimously passing a resolution to commit the funds. This was a huge win for our efforts, but a lot of work still remains.
The most recent cost estimate for the basic structure and cooling system was $4 million. PIR is looking for more people like Mr. Hamilton who can donate toward the additional funds needed for this project. All major donors will be recognized on a plaque to proudly acknowledge his or her support (or kept anonymous if preferred).
Learn about one of our most popular programs, Science on Ice.
We need your help today to keep our programs going for our community! Click HERE to Donate now.