Enclose Cass campaign event continues pursuit of covered rink

Tompkins Weekly Staff

Photo by Kristy Montana / Tompkins Weekly
The ice rink arena is seen behind a sign for Cass Park in Ithaca.

For the second year, a day of activities is aimed at family fun while also raising money to support the Enclose Cass campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to fund upgrades to the Cass Park rink and arena, with a goal of $1 million.
“Cass Park is now a four-season community resource that was first opened in 1972 as an open-air ice rink,” said Mary Grainger, a Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau volunteer coordinating the fundraising effort, in a prepared statement.

She encouraged everyone who has benefited from its 45 years of “fun, fitness and friendships” to participate in the campaign.

The 2nd annual Enclose Cass Extravaganza will take place on Saturday, November 4, at the Cass Park arena. Silo Food Truck will be on hand and a bake sale will take place in the parking lot from noon to 7 p.m.

A Skate-a-thon, with donations collected on a per lap or minute basis, will take place from 2:30-5:15 p.m., followed by a Broomball competition from 5:30-10 p.m. A silent auction will take place from 3-8 p.m. in the arena lobby; bidders do not need to be present to win.

Advance registration for Broomball and Skate-a-thon can be done online or using downloadable forms (found at FriendsIYB.org/enclose-cass-extravaganza) is encouraged, but not required. A fundraising page for the Skate-a-thon can be found at GiveGab.com/campaigns/skate-a-thon-2017.

Broomball games are for youth and adults; games between similar age or experience teams will be scheduled in advance for pre-registrants by October 30, and first come, first served for others. The Broomball fundraising page can be found at GiveGab.com/campaigns/broomball-2017.

In 2017, Cass Park Arena is one of the few open air rink remaining in upstate New York. The enclosure will provide: Dehumidified “conditioned” air; ventilation, insulation, and adaptations for climate change; longer season for ice surface; improved conditions for spectators and skaters; and additional opportunities for rental income year-round. After the enclosure project is funded, there is a vision for an addition to the lobby and new locker rooms.

For those who can’t attend the Extravaganza but still want to support the campaign, gifts of all sizes are appreciated to the Cass Park Campaign; donations to FIYB, an independent 501c3 corporation, are tax deductible. Pledges of gifts to be paid over three years are also welcomed. Mail can be sent to Cass Park Campaign c/o Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau, PO Box 4198, Ithaca, NY 14852.

Ithaca area businesses are also 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. Every dollar pledged in 2017 will be matched by Incodema’s generous multi-year commitment. Other incentives to contribute to the campaign include naming opportunities and dasher board display advertisements.

To learn more, go to FriendsIYB.org/enclose-cass-extravaganza or The Cass Park Campaign Facebook page. To ask questions or get involved, contact Grainger at mmgithaca@aol.com or (607) 280-4380.