The Palouse Ice Rink was opened in 2002 to provide our community a friendly atmosphere where children and adults may participate in a wide range of ice related recreational activities. The current rink was intended as a temporary facility to establish whether enough demand existed on the Palouse for one to operate successfully. After 16 seasons and thousands of smiles later, the PIR Board is targeting building a permanent structure rink in the spring 2019.

Time Line of Significant Activities at Palouse Ice Rink


Zamboni Purchased

In 1999, ten local enthusiasts buy at Zamboni for $10K, promotes idea of building a rink “Have Zamboni, Need Ice” in parades and at farmer’s market.


Chiller Purchased

Purchased used chiller for $50K. Rotary takes on project to build a rink (Mic Hess, Steve Bush, Ken Hall all Rotarians), Pete Robichaud and Rick Howe. Raised $500,000 from donations, pledges, unsecured loans.


City Donates $165,000

During summer of 2001, city donates $165,000 of Hamilton funds for concrete, dasher boards and sidewalk along Harold St.


Rink Opens

Open in Oct 2001 for first full season, 75 youth hockey players. Never won a game that year.


Figure Skating Show

Figure skating does it first show in spring 2002


Chiller Fix

In 2003 Chiller failed (adult hockey contributes $10K, other fund raising adds $7K, city of Moscow gives $10K)


Push for New Rink

In 2005, big push to build a new rink next to existing rink, County would not sign a lease. Start looking for other locations (Tidyman, corridor, School district property).


Mayor Appoints Committee

In 2007, the Mayor appoints committee to find a location for the rink; they concluded the Latah Country fairgrounds is the best place.



In 2008 U of I Engineering students study noise issue, recommend permanent building to reduce noise, all other options were marginal. Curling in offered for the first time, 8 teams sign up.


Youth Hockey

In 2009 youth hockey teams at various levels are competitive in regional tournaments for the first time.


U.S. Figure Skating Championships

In 2010, two youth figure skates were flower girls for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, WA. Our mites (age 5-6) grow to 35 participants. All youth hockey levels start winning tournaments.


Science on Ice

In 2011, Science on Ice starts with two 5th grade classes from Russell Elementary. Youth hockey competitive at regional and state tournaments all levels. PIR hosts charrette at Gritman Hospital to get community input for a new rink. Attendees included the mayor, city officials, business people and rink users. Special Use permit renewed for 5 years.



In 2012, Rotary removes itself from the Ice Rink.


Chiller Fix

In 2013, chiller fails (second time), repaired for $20K. 300 Club is launched.


50 Year Lease

In 2014 Latah County agrees to 50 year lease for ice rink to remain on the Fairgrounds. First Gala was held.


Acquired Dasher Boards

In 2015 acquired dasher boards from Spokane Ice Arena for $5,000 and stored in a warehouse in Troy. All debt from original loan retired.


City of Moscow Commits $1 million

In 2016, City of Moscow commits $1 million of Hamilton funds for the new Ice Rink. Latah County agrees to amend lease agreement to meet city requests. Special Use permit renewed through 2019. Varsity hockey team wins conference tournament in Canada.


30% Building Plans

In 2017 PIR puts project out to bid to architects to develop 30% building plans. Board commits to breaking ground on project in spring 2019 for operation that fall. Science on Ice program invited to Whitefish and Kalispell Montana to teach program to area students.


What people are saying

The development of a new ice rink will provide a venue for families to participate in ice sports as well as providing a recreational economic driver for our community.

Bill Lambert Bill Lambert, Mayor of Moscow

Our son loves hockey, but his team’s “home” ice is in Cheney. If we had a regulation rink, our kids could play games at home and cut down on our travel; many regional youth organizations won’t play here because of the ice size.

Andy Norton Andy Norton, SEL Employee

We, the Board of Commissioners for Latah County, are more than delighted to give our enthusiastic support to the effort to expand and improve the Palouse Ice Rink!

Latah County Commissioners Tom Lamar, Dave McGraw and Richard Walser; Latah County Commissioners

The ice rink and its expansion contributes important economic impacts to the Palouse region. It attracts hundreds of visiting hockey players and their families to the area each season who spend generously in area motels, retail, and dining establishments.

Steven Peterson Steven Peterson, Economist, University of Idaho

I had the privilege to visit with Bobby Hamilton about his desire to support the kids of Moscow and the surrounding area with facilities that he didn’t have access to as a child. I know he would be pleased
to see the ice rink built and would encourage community members to offer their financial support. Let’s work together to get this done!

Jon Kimberling Jon Kimberling, Kimberling Insurance

We need your help, support the Palouse Ice Rink expansion by donating today!