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News from Mission Valley Ice Arena Association

The Mission Valley Ice Arena Association (MVIAA) is pleased to announce that they were awarded a Greater Polson Community Foundation grant for the annual “WinterFest” event, proceeds of which are used for construction of a seasonal ice rink.

“We are so grateful for the Foundation’s ongoing support and enthusiasm for our progress,” said Hilary Lozar, MVIAA chairperson. “They support our goals of providing healthy wintertime activity, and our commitment to boosting Polson’s economic activity during our slowest time of year,” she added.

The popularity of ice sports is increasing, and the nearest available rinks are Missoula, Kalispell or Whitefish. MVIAA envisions an indoor rink at the Ridgewater Complex adequate for hockey, tournments, open skating and curling. Developer Mike Maddy has pledged the property once construction funds are assured.

February’s WinterFest is an opportunity for the public to experience a variety of winter sports. The event is free and attracts all ages of participants, raising awareness of the benefits of winter sports and the need for a local facility with safe, reliable ice. 

Participants of all ages choose from a variety of activities, like practicing their hockey shot. Broom ball is “entry level” hockey and has been the most popular. “The kids played all day, and my son Carson really loved it,” said local businessman David McDaniel. MVIAA provides all equipment at no charge. Apparel and concessions are available, and local merchants have generously donated raffle prizes.

“We look forward to next February, with plans to improve the event,” Lozar said.Mission Valley Ice Arena Association was formed to construct a seasonal ice rink in Polson and obtained charitable 501(c) 3 status in 2013. All donations are tax-deductible. Mailing address is P.O. Box 333, Polson, MT 59860.

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