Mayor Robert Ross, San Mateo City Council, and Planning Commission, Please Don't Take Away Our Ice Rink
  • Petitioning Jack Matthews

This petition will be delivered to:

San Mateo City Council
Jack Matthews
San Mateo Planning Commissioner
Rick Bonilla
San Mateo Park & Recreation Commission
Papia Gambelin
San Mateo County Supervisor
Carole Groom
San Mateo County Supervisor
Dave Pine
San Mateo County Supervisor
Don Horsley
San Mateo County Supervisor
Adrienne J. Tissier
San Mateo City Council
Mayor Robert Ross
San Mateo City Council
Deputy Mayor Maureen Freschet
San Mateo City Council
Joe Goethals
San Mateo City Council
David Lim
Chair, San Mateo Planning Commission
J. Christopher Massey
Vice Chair, San Mateo Planning Commission
Joshua Hugg
San Mateo Planning Commision
Charlie Drechsler
San Mateo Planning Commission
Dianne Whitaker
San Mateo Park & Recreation Commission
Sherrie Gong Taguchi
San Mateo Park & Recreation Commission
Clifford S. Robbins
San Mateo Park & Recreation Commission
Stan Watkins
San Mateo Park & Recreation Commission
Sean Williams
Chief of Planning, City of San Mateo
Ron Munekawa
Director of Parks & Recreation
Sheila Canzian
San Mateo County Supervisor
Warren Slocumb
Project Planner
Tricia Schimpp
State Sen. Jerry Hill

Mayor Robert Ross, San Mateo City Council, and Planning Commission, Please Don't Take Away Our Ice Rink

    1. Mike Swire
    2. Petition by

      Mike Swire

      Hillsborough, CA

The San Mateo Ice Center is the best, if not only, opportunity for San Mateo area parents and children to have access to an ice rink. Without the rink, we and our kids will no longer be able to play hockey, figure skate, attend public skate sessions, hold birthday parties, participate in laser skate nights, play broomball, and attend summer camp on the ice.

Recently, the San Mateo Daily Journal wrote an article about how demand for ice time is skyrocketing at San Mateo and other rinks in the area.  Ice is hard to come by and demolishing the San Mateo rink will mean fewer kids learn to skate or experience the thrill of ice hockey and figure skating.  San Mateo families will face longer commutes, higher costs, and less convenient hours for kids who play hockey or compete in figure skating. The San Mateo rink is currently busy from early morning to late at night - 18 hours a day.  The closest rink, Belmont Iceland, is also at capacity and packed well into the night.  Unlike San Mateo, the Belmont rink isn't full size so some competition levels cannot play there.  All the rinks in the Bay Area are currently at capacity.  Closing San Mateo will increase demand on other rinks, increasing costs for San Mateo families that will now need to travel elsewhere.  

Interest in ice hockey in San Mateo continues to grow significantly.  The California Cougars youth hockey program, serving kids as young as 5, was headquartered at the San Mateo rink.  Many Cougar alumni are playing at college, junior, and professional levels; current skaters dream of one day following in their footsteps.  

Figure skating demands on ice time also continue to grow; recent San Mateo competitions have hosted well over three hundred skaters and their families.  San Mateo Ice Center has a legacy of amazing and accomplished U.S. figure skaters.  Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi got her start in San Mateo.  Gold Medalist Brian Boitano and Bronze Medalist Debi Thomas also skated in San Mateo during their competitive careers.

While we appreciate SPI Holdings LLC's offer to build a park restroom and provide plastic turf on an existing soccer field, we feel this will be of less benefit and use to the community than the rink.  The artificial turf will only increase playtime a few days a year.  Closing the rink will eliminate ice time year-round for thousands in our community.  

Losing the rink will greatly change the lives of San Mateo and other area families, many of whom moved here due to the rink.  The San Mateo City Council made a commitment to this community in their previous 5-0 votes to keep the rink.  An entire ice skating culture has grown and devloped from that commitment.  We ask that the City Council not reverse its previous decisions and not change the current master plan to demolish th ice rink and build more chain stores.

Thank you.

Recent signatures


    1. UPDATE - new ice rink proposal on its way

      Mike Swire
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks so much for your continued support of the San Mateo Ice Rink. We hope that you had a great summer and will continue to help ensure that our kids have a place to skate in San Mateo.

      The current mall owner, SPI, has contacted the City of San Mateo regarding a new proposal for Bridgepointe. Details are limited, but it appears that SPI is proposing a new ice rink on the mall site. This sounds like a step in the right direction, but the proof will be in the details. (Front page article in the San Mateo Daily Journal:

      We will continue to keep you informed on the proposal and how you can help. In the meantime, we will remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure that any new rink is equal to, if not better than, the Ice Center that we all love.

      Thanks again for your support and stay tuned!

      Mike Swire
      Committee to Save the Bridgepointe Ice Rink

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. Decision-maker David Lim responds:

      David Lim

      Dear petitioners,

      Thank you for your emails on this issue. Many of you did not provide me with an email address, phone number, or address to respond to you, so I hope you'll forgive this mass reply to your many heartfelt l...

    5. Decision-maker Diane Whitaker responds:

      Diane Whitaker

      The City of San Mateo City Council and Planning Commission want to thank everyone for the letters, e-mails and petitions recently submitted on behalf of the San Mateo Ice Center. All of the letters, e-mails and petitions have been forward...

    6. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Nicholas Rawcliffe SAN CARLOS, CA
      • 7 days ago

      I grew up playing ice hockey at Bridgepoint ice rink. It had an immeasurable positive impact on my life and I would like to not only continue to play there, but to see it have the same impact on the lives of others.

    • marjie hempstead MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
      • 3 months ago

      San Mateo ice center was always a great place to skate, and it was obvious every time I was there that it was a second home to many local kids. Was a major community asset. To replace with more shopping places in an already under-attended mall is a stupid idea, which will only benefit whoever collects rent, and this probably only very short term... there is probably already a glut of retail centers in San Mateo, but not nearly enough skating ice. Belmont Iceland is now seriously overburdened after the loss of San Mateo Ice Center.

    • Kevin Ames HUGO, MN
      • 5 months ago

      Everyone deserves the right to play.

    • Christopher Boyd AMERY, WI
      • 5 months ago

      Hockey remains the best "team-oriented" sport in athletics, and is the best non-curricular way for students to learn that we all must work together to succeed. It is a wonderful medium to teach cooperation, something wildly lacking in today's America.

    • Matthew Oltmanns SIOUX FALLS, SD
      • 5 months ago

      Hockey is a fantastic opportunity for youth to learn the values of hardwork and sportsmanship. Hockey Wilderness.


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