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Is Ice Skating Rink Still Coming to Elk Grove?

A contract approved Wednesday by the Elk Grove City Council was not signed, but some retain hope that the deal can be saved.

Bringing an ice skating rink to Old Town Elk Grove this winter may not be a certain thing after all.

The Elk Grove City Council on Wednesday approved a contract with Ice Unlimited to bring an ice skating rink to a newly purchased property near Elk Grove Boulevard and the railroad tracks, but that contract wasn't signed Friday as officials had hoped.

"The operator chose not to execute the contract as it was written at the council meeting," city spokeswoman Christine Brainerd said by phone. "It's a priority for city and we've already begun exploring other holiday event options for the site."

Ice Unlimited owner Rob Porter said nothing was certain yet, and declined to comment further.

City Council Member Gary Davis said he was hopeful the deal could be saved.

"The official negotiation's broken down but I've been talking to an associate of his and trying to bring everyone back together," Davis said. "At this point I think we're a ways from bringing it back. I also don't think it's totally dead."

Davis, who was not a part of the official negotiations Friday between city staff and Ice Unlimited, said if the vendor will return to the table, the city will be happy to work with him.

Council Member Sophia Scherman said she hadn't heard anything to indicate the deal could be revived.

"I'm very disappointed," Scherman said. "I was really looking forward to it, but when we can't do a contract that's in the best interest of the city, I support staff's position."

Scherman was absent from Wednesday's meeting, where a proposed deal with Ice Unlimited was approved by a 3-1 vote after being altered in a council recess. Council Member Steve Detrick voted against the deal.

Old Town Elk Grove Foundation President Paula Maita said she didn't know much except that negotiations "fell through."

Check back with Elk Grove Patch for more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Jim Zimmerman October 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Jamie, what shops? Fireside? the Spa? who will go there after or before Ice skating? Get real.
John October 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I am seeing it as a whole! Perhaps the Old EG shop owners should get together and rent the space and pay to have the rink put there themselves? I am VERY doubtful the tax revenue generated would come close to justify "our" paying for it? ("our" meaning the citizens and taxpayers of EG) I would think that the council members want to think that our little Old Town EG is the equivelent to "K" St. in downtown Sacramento but the reality is that if they cannot afford it then neither can we. I wonder if they think that having an ice skating rink will draw people to Old EG from Sacramento, Galt, Folsom, etc.? For what? To go to a spa or trade in their gold? It's not like we have a measurable amount of retail stores in Old EG? Maybe Bobs Club would benefit more than anybody becuse they would be the ones open before during and after they rink is open. Makes no sense at all to me! Correct me with facts and figures if you can but just "because we want to" doesn't fly.
John October 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Just curious Jamie, would you agree to the city dividing up the $200,000 equally amongst Old EG business owners for them to advertise to get people to frequent their shops so their revenue would increase? Basically the same thing!
patchreader October 29, 2012 at 03:58 AM
"Revenue for shops around the rink"? What shops? There is nothing to attract people to Old Town. That is a BIG part of the problem with that area. People aren't interested in what the current businesses in Old Town offer. Adding a temporary skating rink to the area doesn't make those shops suddenly more attractive. "See the picture as a whole"? HOLE is more like it. A giant, gaping, hole sucking up money.
John October 29, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Exactly! Why spend more money? Whats next, Elephant rides or go-karts?

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