HYHA is grateful to Anchor Bank for investing in this community project.
The City of Hopkins, HYHA, and the Hopkins School District are partnering to update the Pavilion. Construction is expected to begin March 2018 and be completed for the 2018-19 hockey season. This is in response to new federal regulations regarding the cooling systems for ice arenas. Beginning January 1, 2020, there is a ban on remaining production and import of HCFC-22 and HCFC-142b. After 2020, the servicing of systems with R-22 will rely on recycled or stockpiled quantities.
In response to these environmental regulations, HYHA began having discussions about this issue shortly after the law changed and decided to engage in a feasibility study in 2014-15. Because the PAV is an older facility, with a single sheet of ice, the opportunity to enhance the facility in a comprehensive remodel was explored. Remodeling will already need to occur, to comply with the law, and renovations at the same time are responsible and cost effective. In addition to upgrading to a more environmentally friendly arena, a remodel will provide the opportunity to obtain a nicer lobby, better viewing, upgraded locker rooms, and other features more consistent with other arenas in the Lake Conference. There have been several proposals in the past few years. A possible concept drawing is included below, based on available funding. In June 2017, the City of Hopkins engaged a design firm to finalize the plans.
HYHA and the City of Hopkins entered into a 10 year ice lease, to solidify our partnership. To match what the Hopkins School District has contributed, HYHA will be contributing $1 million toward the renovation project. The funds will be available based on a loan from Anchor Bank to the Association. HYHA is committed to not raise participation fees or reduce available financial and equipment scholarships.
June - September 2017
Advertise project (RFPs)
December 2017/January 2018
March - September 2018
Concept drawing - front of remodeled arena
Concept drawing - back of remodeled arena
Concept Central Park Plan - possible 2021 City project