Santa Clarita Council Meeting - AUGUST 25, 2020
The Santa Clarita City Council will vote on a recommendation to purchase the Ice Station on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020. Multiple Councilmembers have previously expressed their support of the rink, including Bill Miranda who said “This is akin to the loss of a park…we cannot, under any circumstances, lose the Ice Station. I feel very strongly about that.”
Santa Clarita Council Meeting - April 28, 2020
The city of Santa Clarita’s Council meeting held on April 28th had four speakers and 126 written comments from the community in support of the Ice Station. Multiple Councilmembers also expressed their support of the rink, including Bill Miranda who said “This is akin to the loss of a park…we cannot, under any circumstances, lose the Ice Station. I feel very strongly about that.”
Watch the full council meeting here (comments start at 7:00 and city manager/council remarks start at 20:00).
Save The Rink Car Parade - April 26, 2020
The Ice Station Valencia Car Parade was held on April 26th, 2020 to show our community’s support for saving our local rink, Ice Station Valencia, and to encourage residents to visit savetherink.com to sign the petition, which is now over 23,000 signatures. Over 200 cars passed through the Ice Station parking lot filled with hockey players, referees, figure skaters, rink employees and residents that want ice to remain in San-ta Clarita. The parade filled Smyth Drive and spilled over to local streets. All social distancing guidelines were observed, delivering a safe, but powerful message, “Save our rink.” This rink has been a staple in our communi-ty for more than 20 years! The Ice Station is more than just an ice rink, it is a home away from home for many hockey teams, figure skaters, speed skaters, and curling teams.
According to petition co-author, Leigh Ann Dunleavy, “The turn-out today far exceeded our expectations. Over 200 cars participating in the parade today shows how much this rink means to Santa Clarita. There are groups out there that can ensure the ice stays here at this location. We call on them now to step up and save the rink.”
Stacey Titter, petition co-author added, “What an amazing day! I was so impressed with how our community came together to show their enthusiastic support for saving the rink. Seeing the hockey players and figure skaters in their cars smiling and proudly displaying their save the rink signs was inspiring. Today’s car parade truly showed how important the Ice Station is to so many families and I remain hopeful that someone steps up and does what is necessary to reopen the rink and keep the dream alive for our local youth.”
According to event organizers, “The Ice Station announced on March 25 that it was closing its doors forever due to the COVID-19 pandemic making a recovery unsurmountable. The closing of the rink is impacting our local community in many ways. The Ice Station is a place where friends become family and a building that has become a second home to many. It is a place where the children in our local community can go and have a fun time, a place where their parents know their kids are safe. It is a place our community came together to show support during the tragic events that happened on November 14, 2019 at Saugus High School.”
This place means so much to so many. People frequent this magical place often for family gatherings, birthday parties, hockey games, skating practices, public skates and community events. We as a community are coming together to host this Car Parade to show our support for keeping Ice Station Valencia in our community for those families who currently call the rink their home away from home and for future generations to fall in love with as well. #WeWillSavetheRink.