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Pleasanton's outdoor ice rink closes today

Original post made on Jan 10, 2010

Pleasanton's outdoor ice skating rink closes tonight after a near-two-month run on a portion of the Civic Center and Library parking lots at 200 Old Bernal Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:01 AM

Comments (21)

Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 10, 2010 at 11:14 am

We had fun the one night we went, but man was that whole area ugly. Hopefully next year it doesn't look like Emergency Shelter.

Posted by the truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I would like to know how much money the city lost on this whole thing as well as the net amount donated (as promised) by the Sharks to the Pleasanton schools. That was the whole premise behind doing this so maybe our highly paid city management team can follow up with some answers.

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm

How much business was drawn downtown?

I went twice, both times with young kids. The rink was full. We all had a blast. There did not seem to be a parking problem and the music from the rink was difficult to hear unless you were in the area. I thought the rink was too small but I was wrong. It was plenty big. The really young kids skating (under five) with five gallon buckets turned over for stability, were so cute. There were plenty of families there, along with girl scout and brownie troops!

Too bad the "truth" couldn't see the good time people were having. I would like to see it more toward the center of town next year :)

Posted by R Lou, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm

We would also like to see the Rink more toward the center of town. It should go in one of the Parks. It also needs a style change, it did look bad from the street. I would guess some business people will praise the business it brought them and others will say it did nothing.

Posted by trekmtb, a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Jan 11, 2010 at 7:15 am

Great job City of Pleasanton! Look forward to next year.

Posted by chico, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 7:27 am

great job city of pleasanton! so many smiling faces and memories that will last a lifetime all because of a little vision and execution. good show! i can't wait until next year.

Posted by Nopar King, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 8:29 am

HOORAY! Now we can have the Library parking lot back! Maybe between now and next December the City can think up a better location, such as the Fairgrounds or either Sports Park. The squeeze always gets injected when the Downtown Association wants it downtown WHERE THERE IS NO PARKING! Hello, City Council, are you there??? Did you GET the part about NO DOWNTOWN PARKING? Is the Mayor off national politicing again? Is anybody there at City Hall?

Posted by anonymous, a resident of Southeast Pleasanton
on Jan 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

for starters i would say, its a good feeling the city has brought to the neighbourhood. lots of smiling faces, joyous kids and a great festive atmosphere.
one thing that can be thought is to have a more spacious location, close to downtown, which solve a few issues:
1. location seemed crowded - fairgrounds may cover both problems - not being away from downtown, spacious and can bring more folks since its visible from Bernal
2. more parking - this way library patrons dont have to curse everyday :)

thanks for your attention, looking forward for a great next year festivities

Posted by The Flashberger Family, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:12 am

Our family loved the ice rink and even enjoyed a complimentary downtown carriage ride!This was a wonderful addition to holiday season in Pleasanton.

We hope to make this an annual family tradition and have many fond memories from this year! Honestly, my children couldnt get enough of it.

We also appreciate the Pleasanton discount and the coupon for one free admission in the Weekly each week!

I hope the Sharks and the City of Pleasanton will continue this for years to come!

We never seemed to have issues with parking and when the street or lot was full we simply parked near the open field across from the library and used the cross walk there at the entrance to the library.

Posted by Happy Pleasantonian, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 11, 2010 at 11:06 am

So glad that the Sharks and the City were able to get the rink in place this year. While I would have loved to have seen it at its originally planned location, we found the library location adequate. We had no parking issues and enjoyed skating and watching the Saturday evening performances by the local skate clubs. We made no less than 6 trips to the rink - these are exactly the kinds of things that we love about our town. Please keep it up!

(One little suggestion for next year: perhaps some bleachers on the side of the rink? That would keep people from standing on the deck and give us all a chance to watch the skaters.)

Posted by Olfthfl, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm

The whole idea of the rink was great, it was the execution that fell way short. I agree completely with R Lou that the appearance was terrible and that it belongs in one of the parks near the center of town. Maybe some of the residents that raised such a fuss and kept it from being located where it really belongs will move away this year and we can do it right in 2010.

Posted by trekmtb, a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Jan 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I live 2 1/2 blocks from Deluchhi Park. I supported putting the Skate Rink there. Most of my neighbors did too. It only takes a few squeeky wheels...

Posted by Concerned Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I agree that the location wasn't ideal, but overall it was a pleasant experience for my kids. I have a suggestion, though: next year, please put a canopy or tarp over the rink (similar to what Dublin did for their outdoor ice rink). At least this way, people can skate no matter the weather.

Posted by Swami, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

This was a wonderful idea, glad it will be back next year. My son got to learn a bit of ice-skating on Sat. mornings through Pleasanton Rec, and we ended up going to the Farmers' market as well on a few occasions. Got us reconnected with downtown after a lull.

Posted by LiUs, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Great idea, AWFUL location!

Library users were not considered one bit. Half of the parking was taken away to build this rink, then whatever was left was used for both the rink and the library park. I hope next year this rink gets moved to the Sports Park, the Fairgrounds, or the Bernal Property, where it really belongs.

Posted by westsider, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jan 12, 2010 at 11:52 am

LiUs, I wonder if you even went there while the rink was open. All of the city staff vehicles were moved out of the lot 10 feet away from the library lot so people could park there. In addition, the lot normally used for city hall parking was opened up, and there was gravel parking across the street. There was actually more parking available for library patrons than before the ice rink opened.

I agree that the library location was certainly a compromise at best, but please don't say that library users weren't considered --they certainly were.

Posted by gr, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jan 12, 2010 at 3:26 pm

The people complaining about the location claimed it would be a disaster for library patrons, the rain would make the rink unusable most of the time, the city would lose money and that any other location would be better and easy to change venues. Sports Park because they don't use it, Fairgrounds because the cost meant nothing to them, etc. The complaints are NIMBY and not where I go (NWIGs I guess). Nobody who complains endlessly knows all the issues and facts and only are dedicated to the own convienience. Well get ready to complain next year...

Posted by lisa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Good Riddance.
Walking through that parking lot to go to the library was unsafe at best. People were zipping through the parking lot, around blind corners almost hitting myself, my son and several others one night. It was a safety hazard. We tell our children not to play in a parking lot and the city condones an arena there. Not too smart.

Posted by Lisa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

To gr

You obviously do not use the library.
This will not occur in the library parking lot again.
That is a fact.

Posted by gr, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Jan 15, 2010 at 12:07 am

I did as a child. I bought a Kindle, a CPU and have internet access at home. I buy magazines I like to read and also have a Netflix membership. Unless I need a public bathroom I don't need the library personally. My taxes pay for it and it's good to have around for children and the underprivlaged though so I support it.
I don't think it will be there next year but it might. The goal is to find a better location with less people complaining. Here is P-Town that's impossible so we need to find a place where the fewest complain and the least is thought of their opinion. That's reality so good luck decision makers and complainers.

Posted by Lisa, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Check your posts.
You have both spelling and grammatical errors.
That's coming from an "underprivlaged" (sic)
library user.

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