In a few months, America’s best young skaters will travel to Sochi, Russia to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. They have spent years training and preparing in their hometown rinks. Unfortunately, the Bay Area now has one less hometown rink: The Ice Chalet at Bridgepointe in San Mateo, where 1992 gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi, as well as Olympians Brian Boitano and Debbi Thomas, nourished their Olympic dreams.
The recent closure of the rink never should have happened. The land remains zoned only for an ice rink. The ice rink remains at Bridgepointe and is viable but is not being operated.
The zoning rules governing the rink were already in place when the current developer purchased the property. To convert the rink to retail space or other use, the developer needs the permission of city authorities. Our committee opposes this change and is asking the city to consider the many thousands of signatures collected, representing the voices of our community.
Next week, there will be an election for three seats in San Mateo City Council. We interviewed candidates and applaud the efforts of Councilman Robert Ross who put forth constructive proposals, and Mayor David Lim’s efforts to find an investor-led solution. We also believe candidates Joshua Hugg and Joe Goethals support having a rink in San Mateo.
Julie McAuliffe and Dina Artzt
San Mateo and Belmont