Community Support Needed in 2018 to Enclose Cass Park Arena

1972 through 2017: 45 years of fun, fitness, friendships

Imagine the iconic character and traditional charm of our Cass Park Arena with the many advantages of a beautiful functional enclosure. Scroll down for more reasons to support the Campaign!

To donate by mail:

Make Checks Payable to FIYB/Cass

Friend of the Ithaca Youth Bureau

PO Box 4198

Ithaca, NY 14852

It’s time for community at large to be supportive of the capital improvements needed for this facility so access can continue for future generations and for today’s users.

  • Gifts of all sizes will be appreciated to the Cass Park Arena Enclosure Campaign which is a project of the Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau, an independent nonprofit 501c3 corporation. Gifts are tax deductible.
  • Pledges of gifts to be paid over three years are welcomed.  Click for a multi-year pledge form and here for information about naming opportunities.
  • Ithaca area businesses are encouraged to become sponsors of the Cass Park Arena Enclosure by the “Incodema Initiative”. Sean Whittaker of Incodema wants to inspire the entire Ithaca business community to support the enclosure project by matching their gifts. Other incentives to contribute to the campaign include dasher board display advertisements.  Learn more about the Incodema Initiative
  • Cass Park Arena was built when open air style was more typical, but there’s been an evolution and it is now one of very few remaining in upstate New York.  
  • Cass Park Arena is a four-season community resource that needs upgrades to be sustainable and successful.
  • Examples of what the enclosure will provide include dehumidified “conditioned” air, ventilation, insulation, adaptations for climate change, longer season for ice surface, and improved conditions for spectators and skaters.
  • After the enclosure is built, there is vision for an addition to the lobby and locker rooms.                                                                          
  • The City of Ithaca funded the major ceiling and roof renovation in 2016. It was essential work to make the building safe, and is the first step in enclosing the arena. Construction of the full enclosure could begin in 2018 depending on the level of community support shown. The goal is to raise $1 million.
  • More than $25,000 was raised through the campaign’s two fall 2017 events, Celebrate Cass! 45th Anniversary Party and the Enclose Cass Extravaganza. In addition, over $30,000 was contributed by event sponsors. A campaign grand total will be announced in early 2018.
  • Public funding will also be an important part of the capital project. The City of Ithaca Common Council has approved the IYB’s Request for Capital Funding ($100,000). Last spring the IYB was awarded a Tourism Capital Grant ($50,000) from the Tompkins County Tourism Program funded by the local hotel room occupancy tax for initiatives that promote economic development and enhance local quality of life.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Grainger

607-280-4380 

mmgithaca@aol.com

 

To donate by mail:

Make Checks Payable to FIYB/Cass

Friend of the Ithaca Youth Bureau

PO Box 4198

Ithaca, NY 14852

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