Santa Cruz wants a sports complex with housing at the Capitola Mall

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The new owners of the Capitola Mall are interested in reinventing the mall to bring in more customers and more business.  Vice president of development Stephen Logan and architect David Geiser are "trying to figure out what would attract more people to the county’s only mall... when 96 percent of shoppers today shop online." (Capitola Mall: Merlone Geier asks what would work)

In a unique opportunity, the mall owners actually want to know what the community desires.  An indoor sports complex could be the answer, if the community expresses interest.  This would be complimentary to retail and housing projects, and wouldn't need to take up the whole mall. A roller hockey rink would be the centerpiece, but imagine all the creative uses beyond hockey:
- birthday parties
- public skate
- indoor soccer
- roller derby
- dodgeball
- lacross
- martial arts
- yoga, zumba, etc
- daycare/preschool play space
- kids sleepovers at the mall
- summer camps
- charity auctions
- craft fairs
- other community events

A local roller hockey rink has been missing from our community since 2009 when the Scotts Valley center closed.  Since then, hockey players have been forced to travel to Marina or South San Jose to play, or give up the sport.  Let's help them stay local, while supporting new businesses and community engagement in the middle of the county.  As a hockey player, I am tired of the long, dangerous drives to do what I love.  I miss the community and friendships forged through sports that such a complex provides.

Sign this petition and add your voice in support of a sports complex in the heart of Santa Cruz County.

Endorsed by:

- Santa Cruz Lacrosse Association

- Travis Hawkins (professional roller hockey player)

- Bob Slawinski (former owner of the Scotts Valley Sports Center)

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