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Ice Rink Will Open in Elk Grove After All

An ice skating rink will open in Old Town Elk Grove this winter.

First it was coming, then it wasn't. Now it's back on.

An ice skating rink will open in Old Town Elk Grove on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, the city announced Friday.

"Rob Porter, the owner of Ice Unlimited, and City Manager Laura S. Gill have signed the contract for the Ice Skating Rink as approved by the City Council at its meeting of October 24," city spokeswoman Christine Brainerd said in an email. "The terms of the contract are substantially the same and provides for the ice rink to be open to the public on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 at the City’s Old Town property."

The property is located just south of Elk Grove Boulevard, near the railroad tracks, and was recently purchased by the city from Union Pacific Railroad.

The ice rink will be open until Jan. 21, and tickets will be $11 for adults and $9.50 for children.

Elk Grove City Council Member Gary Davis, who said last week he was hopeful the deal could be saved, expressed relief Friday.

"I'm excited about the life it's going to bring to Old Town this winter," Davis said.

Click here for information on how the city will split the ticket revenue with Ice Unlimited.

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Kathy Sachen November 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
So stoke to take my granddaughter skating for the first time.
amused in fast food city November 03, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Enjoy your entertainment subsidized on the taxpayer's dime. Some families will be lucky enough to put some presents under the tree this year.
Tom Waltman November 03, 2012 at 02:33 AM
I would love to see the contract where the terms were "substantially" the same. We were paying him to put up, operate, and take down the rink before, plus giving him the overwhelming majority of the revenue. I wonder what changed his mind.
Tom Brown November 03, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I hate this kind of backroom politics.
Marty November 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Just our tax dollars at work to bring in the hoards of shoppers to Old Town. For our sake I do hope it works and all those skaters have lunch & dinner and shop before or after skating. Being a non-skater it will be an area I will avoid during the holidays for fear of gettng stuck on that two-lane road in the mass traffic jam that is predicted to happen. In fact will this not impact every business that requirres you to travel to the intersection of EG Blvd. & EG Florin or Waterman & EG Blvd? I'm wondering...what changed from the closing down of the street for the 1st Saturdays due to traffic and liability concerns and this event? Bigger pocketbook? Don't get me wrong...I'm all for something like this for our chlldren, we all know we're lacking in that area. Just not the right location and much too hastily done. Just saying.............
Tom Waltman November 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Lunch where? If I were Bel Air and the other stores at Waterman and Elk Grove, I would be asking about the plan for reimbursing their lost revenue. Nobody will be going there after 4:00pm, assuming the rink is being frequented in the numbers needed for success. Nobody will be able to travel down Elk Grove Blvd. through Old Town. I wonder how people coming home from work will get to East Park and the residential areas around there. I guess the City will have to have some kind of detour set up to push people down Bond. The more I think about this, the more I wonder if anyone really thought this through.
JJ Johnson November 03, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Gary! He's our hero! Davis probably promised the operator a job in his administration when he becomes mayor.
Elk Grove Laguna Forums November 03, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Good grief. This isn't Armageddon. I drive through Old Town at various times in the afternoon. Sometimes between 3 and 3:30 pm when school is out and sometime between 5 and 6 pm with commute traffic. Yes it get backed up but unless there is a train traffic moves through there slowly but it moves. I've never timed it but I can't imagine it takes more than 5 minutes to get from EG-Florin to Waterman. If you seriously go all the way to Bond and then come back to EG Blvd via Waterman it will take longer. If you work north of Elk Grove then you should use Bond to get to the homes near Waterman and EG blvd anyway. if you work or are coming from the south you should be using Grantline to Waterman. People are so afraid of traffic and parking it's ridiculous. If you decide to go downtown you will drive farther, waste more gas, still have a hard time parking and still have to God forbid, actually walk. Whether this is a good deal or not is another story. Doesn't sound like the ice rink operator has any risk, and gets the profits. How it should work is we pay them a flat fee to operate the rink and we get all the proceeds. Who wouldn't want to get paid for doing a job, assume no risk and get profits off the top first?
Sarah Johnson November 03, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I hope we can wait and see what the results are. It is only for two months and if it is a good thing for Old Town, wouldn't that be great? The constant negativity is not helping.
Tom Waltman November 03, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Wow. We just spent gosh knows how much time and effort on a yellow stripe on a gas station on the corner of Elk Grove and Elk Grove Florin, but this should get a pass on review and comment? BS. This is taxpayer money. I hope everyone chimes in, pro or con.
Sarah Johnson November 03, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I'm not giving it a pass, just being realistic since it is now a done deal. At least there is only two months to wait and see. I see no reason to continue to gripe about something we can't change right now. Some positive attitude could work wonders.
Michael Landers November 03, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I'm glad it's going in. Who really knows if it's going to make money or not but I'm glad we are trying it. Elk Grove is a very family oriented city so it may bring a lot of people. I for one can easily see myself going down there and having lunch or dinner after.
kris November 04, 2012 at 04:39 AM
so excited to see more life coming to old town!
On Ice LLC November 04, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Its unfortunate the City did not put this out to RFP. We run skating rinks in the bay area under a much different arrangement. Cities need only provide the land and the necessary power hook ups, we assume all financial risk. The likelyhood that this rink will do 29,000 skaters is not very good.
Matt November 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
My hope is that this rink at least exposes the Elk Grove community to the need for a real Ice Sports Complex in Elk Grove. Elk Grove is missing a prime opportunity, I believe for several reasons: 1. With Stockton Thunder only 30 miles away, there is a large amount of fans that have become hooked on hockey in the EGand surrounding areas, not to mention the number of Bay Area transplants that are huge SJ Sharks fans and had kids playing hockey there. 2. The next closest rink is in Roseville (which is so impacted by Sacramento and Elk Grove particpants that they are open almost 24 hours a day). They pretty much have the monopoly on ice rinks in the Greater Sacramento area. I play hockey there and we have 4 of our players commuting from Elk Grove to play...this is the case with many other teams. 3. Aside from Wackford, I really can't think of any other daily "recreational sports" activities in Elk Grove. Kings skate doesn't count as it is in the town of Franklin and does not contribute to our community. 4. Elk Grove is known for its high involvement in sports...every sports organization (soccer, swimming, baseball, and yes even LaCrosse) in Elk Grove is thriving...I think an Ice Complex that supports figure skating, ice hockey, potentially curling, and recreations skating would thrive. I am very passionate about bringing a rink to Elk Grove, but it has fallen on deaf ears...our perhaps the wrong ears. Just curious what those on this thread think about the idea.
Elk Grove Laguna Forums November 04, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Matt, an ice rink has to be a privately run enterprise. If there is a demand for it then someone should open one, not the city. I am sure there is some demand. I know families who go to Roseville. Is there enough to keep it open? Of course Roseville is packed. Doesn't mean one in Elk Grove will be packed.
Elk Grove Laguna Forums November 04, 2012 at 08:26 PM
As far as this rink, I think it's good for the citizens as an amenity but not sure it's good for the tax payers. After its done I hope they give a full and complete accounting. As far as it helping Old Town, I'm sorry but that should no longer be the focus of the city. There is really not enough there to sustain interest. For events like First Saturday, the city has to bring in entertainment and vendors because there is not enough there. Can someone name 5 reasons to go to Old Town? Boulevard Bistro, it's not really Old Town. It may be in the SPA but it's separate. Brickhouse restaurant and the Chinese restaurant. Embellish and Pomegranate - both cute stores with gifts for women. There's a guitar store and other little stores. Besides that what is down there? Can anyone say they would take their family down there and walk around? I have two boys. They don't want to go to Embellish. There is zero entertainment. Zero to draw people to come down there. Sorry if being negative is not cool but we need to be honest. Hiding the truth will not help Old Town. By now enough of Elk Grove knows what is there and most don't care. The ice rink will benefit the merchants there, guarantee it. Some people will spend money there. Once it's gone so will the people unless you have something else down there to bring them in.
Tom Brown November 04, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Ice Sports Complex? Kidding right?

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