We appreciate the recent guest perspective by San Mateo Mayor David Lim (“Questions and answers about the city’s role with Ice Chalet” in the May 23 edition of the Daily Journal).
However, a few points stand to be corrected. As the owner of Bridgepointe, SPI Holdings has unilaterally decided to close Ice Chalet by terminating its lease. Although it may be true that the city cannot force SPI Holdings to renew that lease, the city does have final approval on the recreational use for that land. And your statement that the Ice Chalet sits on property zoned for business is incorrect. Unless and until something else is approved, the land use for that site is designated for an ice rink and only an ice rink.
Consider the thousands of people who want to keep this ice rink in their community. Isn’t it your job to represent them? The benefits of the ice rink are numerous. The ice rink brings families together on a Friday night and on the weekends. The ice rink develops community by fostering teams and good sportsmanship. The ice rink keeps our youth off the street and away from drugs. The ice rink provides significant recreational benefit for everyone in the community. Ice rinks are scarce and cannot easily be replaced.
The community has held several rallies over the past few weeks and has turned out in full force at City Council meetings. What more do we need to do for you and the City Council to hear us? This is a deciding moment for you, Mr. Mayor. Either be our hero or break the public trust that voted you into office.
The letter writer is a skater and hockey parent.