Santa Clarita residents have started a petition asking the City of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles Kings to purchase the Valencia Ice Station after officials announced that it would be closing after 20 years of business.
Santa Clarita resident Leigh Ann Dunleavy began a petition to save the ice station two days after it was announced that the station would be closing its doors due to “the uncertainty of a reopening date combined with loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to ice station officials.
“The closing of the ice rink represents a significant loss for our local youth and their families,” Dunleavy wrote.
The petition calls for both the City of Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles Kings to purchase and operate the ice station so that it can “continue to bring joy to thousands in our local community.”
“The Ice Station has truly been a home away from home for so many kids over the past two decades, giving them a safe place to congregate with their friends,” Dunleavy wrote. “Thousands of kids are devastated right now with the closing of their place to forget all their troubles and pursue their passion.”
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The 93,000 square-foot station has operated in the Santa Clarita Valley for the past 20 years, with tens of thousands of people using the facility each year, according to officials.
Several local hockey leagues and the Tri-Valley Figure Skating Club also held their practices and games at the facility.
“The rink also hosts several tournaments and ice skating competitions and shows every year that bring in thousands of people from out of town, which contribute to our local economy by way of restaurant, shopping and hotel revenue,” Dunleavy wrote. “Also contributing to the economy is the filming revenue the Ice Station brings to Santa Clarita.”
As of noon Saturday, over 1,100 people had signed the petition.
“It will not be Awesometown without ice,” Dunleavy wrote.
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