Pullar Community Building and Stadium
The Pullar Community Building and Stadium offers the following amenities:
To Rent Ice Contact Deb Wallis at 632-5768 or Deb
The Manny Boucher room for public meetings
Parks & Recreation Department offices
Figure Skating (Youth & Adult)
Ice Hockey (Youth & Adult)
The building is also available for non-ice events and
PUBLIC SKATING SCHEDULE
Adult Skate: Tuesday and Thursday from 11 - 12 noon
Family Skate: Monday 4:00 - 5:30 Pm, Tuesday 3:00 - 4:30 PM, Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30 PM,
and Thursday 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Family Skate from 2:30-4pm
Pullar Community building was completed in 1939 at a cost of $181,000 and was state-of-the art at the time of completion. Sophia Nolte Pullar's bequest of $70,000 in her will made the project possible. In the early days, Pullar ice rental was $3 per hour. Sixty years later, the prime-time hourly rate is $90.
Pullar Community Building was one of the few rinks in the world to have summer ice. Pullar has been used for teen dances, graduation ceremonies, big bands, as a roller rink, and is still being used for visiting circuses. Red Wing greats such as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindasy, Sid Abel, and Alex Delvecchio skated at the Pullar as did the Lake Superior State University Lakers and the Soo Indians. Pullar is currently home to the Hiawatha Skating Club, the Sault High Blue Devils, and the Sault Michigan Hockey Association along with other local youth and adult hockey leagues.
In 1979, the Manner Boucher room was built in memory of Fred "Manny" Boucher, who was a longtime Sault Parks & Recreation Director. The Boucher room is used as a public meeting place for various groups, and there are two offices which are utilized by the Parks & Recreation staff.
Matheson-Shadnaw Family Reunion Friday, July 16, 2010 - Pullar Community Building
The Matheson-Shadnaw family met at the Pullar for a presentation and tour of the facility which
coincides with the Matheson Trust money given to the city for restroom and dressing room upgrades.
Sault Evening News, March 2, 1010
Pullar Stadium renovations efforts got a big shot in the arm Monday as the Sault Ste. Marie City Commission formally accepted more than $200,000 from the Cecelia Matheson Trust Fund. “It really was something totally unexpected,” said City Manager Spencer Nebel early today, “and something greatly appreciated.” The first check coming into the city was in the amount of $8,577 for the replacement of windows at Pullar Stadium. The second check — $214,436 — was cut for the purpose of upgrading the bathrooms and locker rooms inside the facility. In accepting the two gifts, the commission expressed its appreciation and acted to place the funds in interest-bearing accounts until the work could be done. The Mathesons, Commissioner William Lynn recalled, were frequent visitors to the Pullar Stadium to watch the activities. Together, they performed eye-catching exhibitions during the open skate, while William Matheson was also known for his hockey prowess as a skilled defenseman on the ice. Mayor Anthony Bosbous recalled the time Mr. Matheson assisted him in a vehicle repair at Matheson’s Standard Service (now Cook’s Service) on Portage Avenue, and Commissioner Marilyn Burton noted they were hard-working, thrifty people.
Nebel indicated that the city will explore the renovation project to improve the locker rooms and bathrooms within the facility. “We certainly will consult with the family a bit to make sure we’re on the right track,” he vowed. “We’ll kind of go from there.” Nebel added he hopes to have some facts and figures compiled by budget time in mid-April for the commission to consider as it looks to move forward on Pullar Stadium renovations.