KYRO Arena Under Construction, Still Needs Funding
POST FALLS, Idaho - On December 30, 2008, the roof on the KYRO community ice rink collapsed from heavy snow. It has been closed since, forcing people living in Kootenai County to find a place to play indoor winter sports far outside the county.
Two years later, construction is well underway on a newer, larger facility.
"It will be a much finer facility," said Matthew Beam, KYRO manager. "Basically what we had before was a pole barn"
The new 34,000 square foot building will have a NHL-size ice rink with more areas to watch events on the ice.
"We will have nine locker rooms in this facility with a potential of adding a second piece of ice and another ten locker rooms with that," said Beam.
They also designed the building to make sure it wouldn't collapse again.
"So we're building CMU block and steel, the county requirements for snow load is 40 pounds per square foot we had it designed for 60-pound snow load," said Beam.
Beam says people in the community are already getting excited for the new building.
"I get phone calls daily wanting to know when it will be done," said Beam.
If all goes as planned it should be open by August 1. The new facility is going to cost an estimated $2.8 million. However, they were only able to get a $2 million settlement from insurance. KYRO will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday February 2nd at 6:30 to discuss fundraising efforts. The meeting is located at the Idaho State National Guard Armory at 5453 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls, 2 miles west of KYRO Arena.
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