Plans on ice?

Plans on ice?

Bad economy could further delay new skating rink

By Jennifer Alfred 06/18/2009

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With Pasadena already running a $6 million deficit next year, things are not looking good for long-delayed plans to build a new ice skating rink adjacent to Viña Vieja Park on the east side of town.

To replace the aging Pasadena Ice Skating Center near the Civic Auditorium with a 65,000-square-foot facility would require a city investment of some $25 million, though much of that spending could be delayed and all of it would ultimately be recovered through operations.

City Council members are expected to decide in July whether to proceed with the project, following a discussion by the council’s Finance Committee at 4 p.m. Monday in the basement conference room at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

“The more people who attend will show that the rink will make a positive return for the city,” said Councilman Steve Haderlein, who said the rink, which would be operated by the Los Angeles Kings, is expected to net a $12 million profit over three decades.

City officials had expected the Pasadena Ice Skating Center to be dismantled this year as part of recent Pasadena Conference Center renovations, but those plans were delayed indefinitely, prompting Councilman Chris Holden to question whether the need for a new rink is still urgent.

“Without the push from the Convention Center, we can keep the plans on hold until the economy gets back up,” Holden said.

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