Klamath Ice Sports (KIS) is a grassroots 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. KIS operates the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena under the direction of ten volunteer board members and a small paid staff. The 200′ x 85′ sparkling outdoor sheet of ice is covered by a beautiful tensile fabric roof and is open late October or early November through the end of March. Birthday parties, school field trips, group figure skating and hockey lessons, for credit college physical education classes, hockey and figure skating lessons, recreational hockey leagues for ages five through adult, curling (no skates needed!) and broomball (no skates needed!) sessions are offered.
Bill Collier Community Ice Arena
The tradition of ice skating out-of-doors in the Klamath Basin began in the early 1900s when the city created a community ice rink near Moore Park along the south shore of Upper Klamath Lake. This natural sheet of ice was a popular winter recreation site. However, in the 1970s, due to changing weather conditions and city budget constraints, the rink was forced to close. In the 1990s, Bill Collier, a local retiree and former hockey player, began to personally renovate the historic site, which meant spending cold winter nights and early mornings spraying the dirt patch with water from a firehose in order to create the required sheet of ice.
The Basin’s constantly changing weather made it almost impossible to maintain a consistent sheet of ice and it soon became evident that a refrigerated, covered ice rink was needed. Bill’s dedication and commitment inspired other volunteers to help with the project and, in 1999, Klamath Ice Sports, a grass roots, non-for-profit organization, was formed and began raising funds and generating widespread enthusiasm for a new ice skating facility. Located just inside the entrance to the Running Y Resort, off Highway 140 West, the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena opened in January, 2002.
The new facility has a 200′ x 85′ refrigerated slab and is protected from the weather by a tensile fabric, pavilion-style roof that provides an outstanding view of the surrounding countryside, continuing the long tradition of outdoor skating in the Klamath Basin. During its five month long season, the ice arena offers a wide variety of ice skating opportunities to both residents of and visitors to our area. Klamath Ice Sports is governed by a ten member, all-volunteer board of directors and depends upon both individual and corporate contributions to support its programs, its endowment fund and the athletic scholarships that are made available to young skaters. In addition, fund raising for the construction of a much needed future warming lodge that would include public space, a skate rental area and expanded concession facilities is currently underway.
Klamath Ice Sports will develop and provide wholesome winter-time activities and attractive facilities for ice sports in the Klamath Basin, promoting participation by youth and families at a reasonable cost, in a beautiful year round multi-use pavilion setting.
To keep our prices reasonable for the community, we must write grants and fund raise for our youth athletic scholarships and our capital projects. Current capital projects include heating for our new bleachers and a future warming lodge. When we have that new warming lodge, the fireplace will be covered with skate blades engraved in honor of $100 or more donors or their designates. If you can make a donation, please do so. We won’t forget.