The Palouse Ice Rink was originally built as a temporary structure in 2001 to test whether this region had enough demand for ice related activities to be financially viable. We have successfully operated for 16 seasons, have seen significant growth in our youth programs, attracted thousands of patrons, and created the highly successful Science on Ice program.
Unfortunately, the temporary design 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.
Despite the shortcomings of the current rink, we have a strong user base. We received a commitment in August 2016 from the City of Moscow pledging $1 million from the Hamilton Fund to be used for the completion of a full-sized enclosed ice rink facility. The pledge is set to expire in July 2019, as is the Special Use Permit that allows our facility to operate because of the temporary nature of the original design. The Palouse Ice Rink is in need of donors to help raise the capital needed to complete this project before we reach the July 2019 deadline.