Rolla Skating Rink Receives H.U.G.S. and Sharing Success Grants

H.U.G.S. team presents check to representatives from the Rolla Skating Rink

The town of Rolla has the only known skating rink facility in southwest Kansas. For years, youth and adults have been making laps through the rink and now faces the need for some renovations. Pioneer Electric’s H.U.G.S. (Helping Us Give to Society) and CoBank’s Sharing Success programs awarded $2,000 in grants to help in ensuring this southwest Kansas staple keeps rolling.

“Our small community skating rink is used not only by local community members, but citizens from across southwest Kansas, eastern Colorado and the Oklahoma panhandle,” said Shelley Barrett Rolla city clerk.

“We hope that the renovations will increase participation during general operating business hours and also the hosting of private events.”

The rink hopes to add new carpet to the entryway and walls, increase the number of skates available and install an air cooling system for summertime use. The contributions made by Pioneer and CoBank (a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States and Pioneer Electric’s main lender) will be used to assist in these projects but the rink is hoping to accumulate additional donations.

“This is an exciting opportunity and we’re honored to be a part of this project,” said Anita Wendt, vice president of Energy Services and H.U.G.S. member.

“We often overlook the reach that our communities have outside of southwest Kansas. This rink is a great example of community coming together to provide a space for families, friends and neighbors.”

Individuals wishing to learn more about the rink can contact the city of Rolla for additional information.

Headquartered in Ulysses, Kansas, Pioneer Electric is a distribution cooperative owned and controlled by its members. Pioneer Electric serves approximately 15,900 retail electric meters across 10 counties in southwestern Kansas. The system is made up of more than 117 miles of transmission line, 3,600 miles of distribution line and 21 substations. All of Pioneer Electric’s electricity is generated in Holcomb, Kansas by Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, which is owned by Pioneer Electric and five other Kansas electric co-ops. Pioneer Electric is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. CoBank serves as Pioneer Electric’s services provider. For more information regarding the H.U.G.S. program and for information regarding applications, visit