Bozeman – The Gallatin Ice Foundation announced today that it has received a $100,000 gift to continue progress on the “Raise the Ice Barn” campaign – a project to build a year-round ice arena at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds.
Chelsea Schmidt, development director for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, says the donor, who would like to remain anonymous, wanted to advance the project so that youth in the Gallatin Valley would have more opportunities to participate in ice-related activities.
“We are humbled by the generosity and thought behind this gift. Being able to provide more ice time for youth in particular has been one of our goals,” said Schmidt. “This gift will help us move forward into step two, making that goal a reality.”
Construction for step one of the project concluded in December, and included construction of the Ice Barn’s 36,500-square-foot steel frame and a new parking lot on the east side of Haynes Pavilion. Schmidt said that construction has been in a planned pause since late last year, so the foundation could focus on fundraising for step two.
Step two includes an extensive addition to the mechanical room, installation of the ice plant, refrigerated rink slab and floor, lighting and interim locker rooms and seating.
“It is the most critical phase of the project, as it gets us to a second sheet of skate-able ice,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt noted that construction of the Ice Barn will resume when funding is in place, which could be as early as April.
For more information, contact Schmidt at 406-579-5763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.