WARSAW — The group that proposed the idea of having an ice rink is now supporting the construction of one that’s coming together in Winona Lake.
Kosciusko Leadership Academy has donated $2,000 to the Winona Lake ice rink project.
Though the organization was unable to operate during the last year due to the pandemic, its endowed Northenor award fund generated proceeds, which the board voted to distribute to the ice rink project. Additionally, the most recent team agreed to pass along their winning award to the cause, resulting in a combined gift of $2,000.
Three KLA teams submitted white paper projects in the past advocating for an ice rink in Kosciusko County. Those were “Ice Ice Baby,” “Ice Ice Baby 2” and “Ice Ice Baby 3,” which submitted projects in 2008, 2016 and 2019 respectively.
The 20,000-square-foot pavilion containing the rink is being built at the former site of the Billy Sunday Tabernacle along Park Avenue. The project will include the rink, an outdoor gathering place with gas fireplace and a maintenance building.
At a public hearing for the project in February, leaders estimated the total cost to be $6.5 million. In March, leaders estimated the project to be finished in early 2022.
KLA will conduct classes during the upcoming 2021-22 academy year. KLA’s vision is to develop innovative leaders equipped to tackle the future challenges of the community.
New students are being accepted. People may apply to KLA by going to www.kosciuskoleadership.org.
KLA is in its 40th year of service to the county. As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, KLA conducts bi-weekly morning sessions around the county to expose leaders to a wide variety of local topics and experts. The annual white paper projects have yielded many benefits to the citizens of Kosciusko County. For more information, visit the above website.