We’re excited about upcoming improvements that are planned for the rink.
We have organized our plans into 3 phases.

Phase 1 is to upgrade our current rink by moving it for the 2013/2014 season to the old pool site at north end of the Enterprise City Park.  The city plans on removing the old pool buildings and leveling the site sometime during the spring or summer – having a level site will simplify rink construction and possibly improve ice quality.

Phase 2currently in progress, is the development of a conceptual design for a new pavilion, located north end of Enterprise City Park.  The pavilion will be a great year-round asset for the community, housing the ice rink in the winter and providing for a variety of other uses during the rest of the year.  The concept design will provide us with a design for the pavilion as well as information on costs as well as information and drawings necessary for procuring grants and private donations to fund construction.   The conceptual design will likely be completed in the spring of 2013.
 
Phase 3 is the construction of the pavilion.  We hope construction will take place by 2016.
Our goals and plans for the pavilion include:

wallowa-valley-ice-rink-rinkstar

    1. Protecting the ice from sun and precipitation to improve ice quality and greatly increase the number of skatable days.  Consistent ice will allow us to greatly expand programs for the local community as well as host hockey tournaments which will help the local economy by bringing in more visitors to the county at what’s normally a slow time of year for local motels, B&Bs, restaurants and shops.
    2. Retaining the view of the Wallowa Mountains and an open air feeling.
    3. Having the pavilion be aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient (including use of solar electric panels on the roof).
    4. A larger ice sheet and regular hockey rink dasher boards that will be removed, leaving a flat slab for other uses during the summer.  Summer uses might include outdoor markets, picnics, music events, weddings, concerts, tennis, basketball, roller hockey, a commercial kitchen, etc. These are just some of the options – having a nice looking covered structure that can shelter large groups from rain and sun will likely prove useful for many additional uses.
    5. Prioritizing the use of local contractors in the construction.

 

We welcome your ideas and suggestions. Send them to info@wallowavalleyicerink.com.