BOZEMAN, Mont. - On Monday, the Bozeman City Commission is expected to approve a $175,000 grant that will help with the second phase of the expansion of the Haynes Pavilion.
"The elements are coming together and we have completed fundraising for step one of the procedure," said Jane Burns, the Development Director of the Gallatin Ice Foundation, "and we'll be breaking ground on the shell of the new building in the spring."
Step One of the expansion was adding a new entrance to the existing facility and a new parking lot.
"We will be starting construction on the shell of the new building and funding for Step Two which will do upgrades to the mechanical room, and the ice plant, and get the floor laid, so we will have skate-able ice when we are done fundraising for Step Two," Burns explained.
The money from the commission is the second installment of their support. The county also took out a loan on the behalf of the Gallatin Ice Foundation to help them jump start the process.
Burns said the second step will open doors to new opportunities for the entire community.
"It would bring a lot of business into town and a lot of revenue into Bozeman and be a nice facility for the community to use," she said.
Long time skaters at the Haynes Pavilion said the rink is scheduled to its max, and the new facility will improve the skating experience for everyone.
"The older folks and the rec league would love to have the expansion so we get a little bit better ice time," Bozeman resident Russ Tuckerman said.
"As a spectator the amenities will be so much nicer, as a player the facility will be so much nicer and can be a regional rink so we can attract local tournaments," explained John Wimberly, whose son plays hockey at Haynes Pavilion, "and I think the quality of all the hockey and ice sports will go up."
Burns explained the money from the city couldn't come at a better time.
"This is an Olympic year," she said, "and this is a great opportunity for us because at no other time do people think about skating sports as much as they do in an Olympic year."
Step 2 of the project is expected to cost $1.5 million.
The ground breaking is this May. When that's finished, they'll begin work on the final phase including permanent seating, a new entry, lobby, and concessions, a skate shop and event rooms, and more.
That will cost $2 million and is expected to begin sometime later this year.
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