ABOUT THE RINK
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!