It’s finally happening!
After years of fund raising and partnering with the community for a new ice rink, the end is finally in sight! This story is one of huge generosity, passion, and vision—of what happens when people come together in unity to provide something profoundly beneficial for all. Here is how this story unfolds.
When the Palouse Ice Rink (PIR) experiment began in 2002 with a temporary structure, it was unknown how well it would be received by the community. By the time the ice rink “tent” began falling apart with years of wear, the need was apparent: more than 35,000 patrons per year, an educational Science on Ice program, hockey leagues, curling, figure skating, and more. Indeed, the Palouse community needed this facility. As a non-profit organization, PIR began efforts to raise funds for a new full-size, permanent facility, and along with a $1 million donation from the city, many people stepped up and helped in significant ways. And then, just a few months ago, something unexpected happened.
Upon the vacancy of a 44,000 square foot building south of Moscow—the former NRS site— owners Bill and Donna Parks and PIR board member Tony Mangini, CFO for NRS, envisioned remodeling the building for a new ice rink. Eventually the Parks agreed to sell the building to PIR at a significantly reduced price—a generous gift that, the PIR decided, earned them the right to have the building named after them. The Parks Activity and Recreation Center is large enough to contain all the amenities the ice rink dreamed of for years, plus more. Extra office space in the building will be rented to offset costs. The economic benefits to the community will be phenomenal, from hosting hockey and ice skating tournaments to expanding the popular Science on Ice program to even more schools.
What needs to happen? Contracts are expected to be signed in early November and fund raising for the final stretch of this project is underway. Remodeling is tentatively expected to begin in February and completed by opening 2021. Remodeling costs are expected to be $2.8 million, and with $1.8 million ALREADY RAISED, that leaves us only $1 million left to raise.
To help our patrons and partners envision what the new rink will look like, we’re hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, November 14 from 10:00 am to noon at the new facility located at 2009 S. Main St, Moscow. Please come and take a look around and talk with PIR about how you might donate to help us reach this goal. You can also visit our website at palouseicerink.com/ways-to-give/ to donate, or contact Christina Randal at 208-413-4934 or email@example.com.