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Holiday ice rink opens Thursday downtown

Original post made on Nov 16, 2009

Pleasanton residents can skate a figure eight beginning this Thursday when the city's first holiday ice rink comes to town for the winter season.

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Posted by Live/Work in town
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 16, 2009 at 10:26 am

Parking is always at a premium in town. The parcel across from the library would be ideal for skating rink parking. The organizers should have been required to have adequate parking for this special event before they were given the go ahead to proceed. Maybe they should consider having it at the sports park next year.

Posted by also live/work here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm

You need to read the other threads about this rink. The merchants have held the town hostage on this one. They insisted on the rink being "downtown" no matter what inconvenience it caused to the people who use the library, etc. The city manager made it happen to appease the merchants. Tail wagging the dog, again.

Posted by Ptownobserver
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 17, 2009 at 5:40 am

Wow, didn't realize how small the rink was going to be until it was actually put up! The artist's rendering made it appear so much larger/spacious. But then again, considering the price of skating, there probably will not be too many skaters at any one time?

Posted by wondering....
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 17, 2009 at 8:34 am

Yikes..........the rink is small! I'm wondering how on earth they are going to poice how many people are allowed on the rink at a time? The families and kids of P-town are looking so forward to this winter activity, but goodness....I'm wondering if we will be limited to a certain amount of time on the ice. It's about $15 p/person for admission and if we are limited to time, in order to accommodate everyone?

Posted by Linz
a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Nov 17, 2009 at 9:29 am

It's $14 adults, $12 childen, it includes skate rental and the session is for 2 hours, if you want to add another session on the same day I believe it's half price for the second session. If they treat it like any other public outdoor rink, when the rink reaches capacity they stop selling tickets and you wait for the next session. It is smaller then what I expected, but I'm used to Iceland in Dublin and that place is huge. This friday night they are having a Valley View elementary fundraiser and with a coupon available on the Valley View PFC webiste they are giving back $1 from each ticket sale to the school.

Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm

I have not followed this development except to note in my head that there will be a skating rink.

Can someone please tell me where does one park for the library now? With the rink taking up 1/2 the parking lot, where do the library goers park? It was bad enough when there was not rink. Now what!?!

I agree with another entry that they should have put this in the open space across the library. Park will be an issue! HELP!

Posted by HHR
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Long Time resident, at this point the only thing that can be done is write the city and request a reconsideration for a different location next year.

I totally agree with you that library patrons were not considered at any point when the location decision was made.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

WOW is the rink small. We are causing a major traffic issue with the library and for what?? How many people can possibly fit on that tiny rink at one time. I fear that all the time, energy and money is going to be a waste because as soon as the skating enthusiasts see the size of the rink....they'll go running. Especially when the price is $14.00. The city council is to blame for this one. It should have been somewhere else and it should have been bigger. This is a joke.

Posted by ParkingProblem
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2009 at 5:51 am

Went to the library the other day and spent about 15 minutes hunting for a parking space! I don't mind the walk from down the street, etc.,but there were NO SPACES there either! Guess our only choice left is the empty field across the street??? Hoping the Pleasanton Police will be understanding about my parking there, considering there are several RED curb areas near the library that could perhaps be temporarily open for parking while the ice rink is up and running??? What a mess...although temporary, very clear that the whole thing wasn't well planned.

Posted by Steve Lynn
a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:30 pm

From another post, I understand that the downtown merchants forced the skating rink to be downtown. If they wanted it downtown, why didn't they provide a solution that didn't require city property? If this isn't true, then why didn't anyone suggest putting the rink at the new Bernal Park. It has plenty of parking, a restroom, electrical connections, a playground, and plenty of space for a larger rink.

I love going to the library, and now I can't. As a Wisconsin transplant, I love ice skating, but I don't think the Pleasanton rink will be large enough to have fun. I guess we may have to go to Dublin for both the library and the ice skating.

Posted by Downtown
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 25, 2009 at 8:13 am

Steve, don't let the Zamboni hit your butt on the way out of town.

Posted by HHR
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

I'm with you Steve. The city needs to place this rink somewhere else next year. As far as possible from the library.

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