Support Cass Park Arena Enclosure Campaign

As Cass turns 45 years old, it's time to build glass enclosure improving the experience for all users & community! Grand total available funds is close to $450K

A fundraising campaign for Friends of Ithaca Youth Bureau

1972 through 2017                 45 years of fun, fitness, friendships 

Imagine the iconic character and traditional charm of our Cass Park Arena with advantages of a beautiful functional enclosure.

Cass Park Arena was built when open air style was more typical, but there’s been an evolution and it is now one of few remaining in upstate New York.

Thanks to the City of Ithaca for 2010 and 2016 renovations that have kept it operational, and to the many  groups and individuals who pay for their facility use (ranging from hockey teams to beginner skaters to roller derby players and summer campers). In addition, the City has budgeted $100,000 for 2018, and a Tompkins County Tourism Grant for $50,000 was awarded to the IYB!

Cass Park Arena is a four-season community resource that needs upgrades to be sustainable and successful. 

Examples of what the enclosure will provide include dehumidified “conditioned” air, ventilation, insulation, adaptations for climate change, longer season for ice surface, and improved conditions for spectators and skaters.  After the enclosure is built,  there is vision for an addition to the lobby and locker rooms.

It’s time for community at large to be supportive of the capital improvements needed for this facility so access can continue for future generations and for today’s users.

Gifts of all sizes will be appreciated to the Cass Park Campaign which is a project of the independent nonprofit organization Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau.  Donations to this 501c3 corporation are tax deductible.

Cass Campaign Events in September

July 31, 2017


Two fundraising events are planned for this fall; committee members, event volunteers, event sponsors, and prize donors are needed as well as event participants. On Saturday, September 30, Celebrate Cass!, a festive 45th anniversary party for adults is planned at the Country Club of Ithaca. On Saturday, November 4, the second annual Enclose Cass Extravaganza will feature activities for participants of all ages.


Guests at Celebrate Cass! will enjoy a reception beginning at 6:00 pm followed by dinner and dessert. Music by The Blind Spots and dancing will continue until 11:00 pm.  Many prizes will be offered through Balloon Bursts, Silent Auction and Prize Package Raffle.


Enclose Cass Extravaganza will include a Skate-a-thon, Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Broomball, and Refreshments, all to benefit the enclosure capital project.

About the Organization

Friends of Ithaca Youth Bureau

The Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau's mission is to promote positive, engaging opportunities for youth by raising community awareness of and building financial support for the services and programs of the Ithaca Youth Bureau.

FIYB, also known as "Friends", promotes and raises private support for the Ithaca Youth Bureau by developing donor campaigns, planning and implementing special events, forging new partnerships and strengthening existing ones, and otherwise engaging in activities that support the Ithaca Youth Bureau's capacity to serve the community.

The Cass Park Campaign is a capital campaign to encourage community support for enclosing the almost 45 year old arena. The City of Ithaca invested in the 2016 roof and ceiling renovation, and change to energy-efficient lighting. The glass enclosure could be built as soon as 2018 if the community participates by making gifts to the project through FIYB.