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Skaters, shoppers keep downtown busy over sunny weekend downtown

Original post made on Nov 23, 2009

Hundreds of skaters kept Pleasanton's new outdoor skating rink busy over the weekend as many families took advantage of free horse-drawn carriage rides between the rink on Old Bernal Avenue and the Museum On Main downtown.

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Comments (12)

Posted by PJL, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

We had so much fun in downtown on Saturday night! We ate out at Fontina, great food! Took a walk up Main and saw horse-drawn carriages! We found out that we could catch the carriage at the Museum and took it to the ice rink to watch the young ones skate, then took the carriage back to the Museum. Thank you downtown Pleasanton for a wonderful evening!


Posted by LiUs, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

This has been an enjoyable event for most. I can't say this has been exactly joyful for library users.

They were never considered.


Posted by library user too, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

Actually the library users were considered. The merchants and the city just determined that they were of little, if any, importance.


Posted by T.H., a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

Correction...The library patrons that would complain were less important than what it was thought to offer to the community at large including revenues going to help local schools.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2009 at 11:23 am

Well, you have to expect the city to be practical, particularly in tough economic times. I imagine that in this case, it was indeed determined that the library users were not as important - the library does not generate income, only uses it. I think that for a temporary situation that may help the economy, the library users can bear with the inconvenience for the relatively short period of time the inconvenience will entail. You really can't please all of the people all of the time!


Posted by LiUs, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Practical would have been placing this rink at the Sports Park. they have the space and the parking space needed.

Hopefully by next year the city will see the light.

I urge people to write the city and voice your concerns on the matter.


Posted by S, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2009 at 1:26 pm

People need to QUIT saying to put it at the Sports Park. These holiday ice skating rinks are ment to be in downtown so people can shop, eat and skate. The Sports Park is no where near downtown. I you look at all the cities that have them, they are somewhere in their downtown. Maybe and just maybe the ownwers of the Round Table property will see the light and let them use it next year. They'd make a fortune in food sales.


Posted by library user too, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 23, 2009 at 1:40 pm

A store owner told me that the Domus people wanted it there but the city refused to change it. If that's true then someone should find out why they keep saying Domus would not allow it. That would have been the best choice.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I agree - the Sports Park would NOT have been a good choice as it is not near any stores. You are missing the point of the ice rink - holiday fun that will also promote spending in the downtown area. I agree that the Round Table parking lot would have been even better - it IS downtown.


Posted by PJL, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

There is a giant piece of land across the street from the library now open to the public to park in. Library users need to stop complaining. The ice rink actually opened up MORE parking.


Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 24, 2009 at 9:37 am

Have you noticed that no matter what, people just complain. I applaud the city officials for bringing the ice rink into Pleasanton. Enjoy, it is not a permanent thing. Ride a bike or park and walk to the library. Go away Bah Hum Buggers!


Posted by FedUp, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I agree, a fun family outing.

I hope the city place it far from the library next year though. Even with the extra parking space in the empty lot across the street, it's not nearly enough.


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