The most recent cost estimate for the basic structure and cooling system was $4 million. We have hired an area architecture firm to complete the design development plans for the new rink to get better costing estimates. As a privately funded operation our project is not required to pay prevailing wages and we will work with area contractors on in-kind donations whenever possible. We acquired the Spokane Arena dasher boards in 2015 and used lighting fixtures from a Portland ice rink in 2017 to help reduce our project cost. However, it will take significant funding in order for the new rink to be completed.
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.
Total funding needed: $5,000,000
Projected funding sources
Committed Hamilton fund $1,000,000
Committed private donations $ 400,000
Expected private foundation/grants $1,200,000
Expected facility naming donation $1,500,000
Additional naming opportunities $ 500,000
Additional local individual and business donations $ 500,000
Robert Hamilton’s generosity has resulted in the completion of many large capital projects that offer children in the local community better recreational resources. Most likely, many of these would not have been built without his help. PIR is looking for more people like Mr. Hamilton who can donate toward the $2 million 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).