Pleasanton's outdoor ice skating rink closed Sunday night after a near-two-month run on a portion of the Civic Center and Library parking lots at 200 Old Bernal Avenue.
The rink was installed, operated and managed by San Jose Arena Management, which owns the San Jose Sharks.
Thousands of skaters have taken to the ice since the rink opened Nov. 19 with a festive ceremony that included several Sharks players. During the skating weeks, special events livened up the operations, including free horse-drawn carriage rides between the Museum On Main and the ice skating rink.
Throughout the rink's operation, skaters received a 'Skater's Special' coupon which they could use to receive gifts or discounts from more than 50 downtown Pleasanton retailers and restaurants.
SJAM paid all costs of building and operating the rink with the city contributing about $20,000 for added power and lighting, costs that will be reimbursed from SJAM profits from ticket sales and sponsorships. All net proceeds from the operations of the winter rink will be donated to Pleasanton education, sports and recreational activities.
The city and SJAM signed a five-year contract for the holiday rink. Although the library location was not the preferred choice, it's proven to be quite successful with its location, coupled with the carriage rides, close enough to downtown Pleasanton to bring more shoppers and diners to stores and restaurants there.