Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority receives $215,000 state grant

Funding to help expand ice rink in Wilkes-Barre

HARRISBURG, Oct. 24 – State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, announced today Wilkes-Barre ice skaters will benefit from a $215,000 state grant.

The Coal Street Redevelopment Authority will use the funding for an expansion of the Coal Street Ice Rink, to add an additional rink.

“The success of our very own Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins has inspired local school districts and colleges to begin ice hockey programs in NEPA. These successful programs have created a shortage of ice time; consequently, in order to accommodate these demands, another ice rink is needed,” Pashinski said. “I would like to thank the Commonwealth Finance Authority for awarding this grant to make these improvements to the Coal Street Ice Rink a reality.”

The expansion plans include a single-story building addition to house the second ice rink, bleachers, team rooms, public restrooms, a referee’s room, a women’s changing room and additional parking. The building’s courtyard will be updated to include a new pavilion, access way, and fire pit.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority is an independent agency created by the legislature to administer a variety of the state's funding programs designed to help grow Pennsylvania's economy, create jobs, and improve cultural and recreational assets in communities statewide.