Foster City is seeking the public's input on what to do with its newly-acquired open space at the Werder Pier and one early proposal calls for the construction of an ice rink at the 2.6-acre site.
An official with the Ice Center of San Mateo approached the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee recently to express an interest in bringing an ice rink to the new park, Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Miller told the Daily Journal.
The Ice Center, which is located at the Bridgepointe Shopping Center in San Mateo, is set to have its lease expire at the end of May and the property's ownership has told the Daily Journal it has no intention of renewing the lease, seeking instead to develop retail uses on the property in exchange for providing San Mateo with an off-site recreational amenity.
Bridgepointe's master plan with the city requires it to provide a recreational amenity on the property but not explicitly an ice rink.
Now, the Ice Center is looking at neighboring Foster City to see if an ice rink is feasible.
"It would be an awesome facility for Foster City to have but we're not sure it would work on the site," Miller told the Daily Journal.
The department will put together a pro-con analysis on many proposals for the site and present them to the advisory committee in April, Miller said.
Foster City acquired the property that includes a picnic area, rest room and parking lot from San Mateo County in November. The county still owns the Werder Pier, adjacent to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, but Foster City, the county and other agencies own the land around the pier.
The city is also seeking input for Destination Park, the triangular-shaped parcel owned by the city at the terminus of Halibut Street at Beach Park Boulevard once eyed by the San Mateo-Foster City School District for a proposed fourth elementary school.
Proposals so far include keeping both parks as open space; adding more picnic tables and benches; a community garden; and interpretive bird and wildlife signage.
Vendor opportunities and the ice rink are proposed just for Werder Park.
Councilmen Art Kiesel and Herb Perez both told the Daily Journal that generating revenue from the Werder site would be preferable.
"Let's see what is feasible and whether we can generate revenue from it," Kiesel said.
Kiesel is not so keen on spending city money for major additions at Destination Park, however.
"That would be very impactful to the neighborhood," he said.
Perez wants to make sure Werder Park is preserved for recreational purposes.
He also likes the idea of an ice rink for the property since it will raise revenue for the city.
Shearwater Isle resident Jacqueline Meyer, however, opposes the idea and wants the city to listen carefully to its residents before deciding how to proceed.
Perez, too, said the ice rink idea has received a chilly reception so far.
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