On June 10, the Pleasanton City Council approved the Staples Ranch Community Park Master Plan, including among other recreational uses, the proposed Sharks Ice at Pleasanton facility. The 17-acre park site is located just south of I-580 at the El Charro Road interchange. The facility will be designed and built by San Jose Arena Management (SJAM)/ Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVSE).
A four-rink ice center is planned to provide a wide-range of ice skating activities for people of all ages and levels of ability. Open, public skate sessions will be available on a daily basis. In addition, there will be leagues for hockey, figure skating, curling, etc., as well as up to a total of six annual hockey tournaments and ice skating competitions that will draw participants from regions outside of Northern California. Part of the plan is for the local school district to have access to the facility for physical education classes and competitive team sports such as ice hockey.
The design, construction and operation of the facility will be handled financially by SJAM/SVSE, who is now in negotiations with City staff to create a long-term land lease agreement, providing a substantial contribution toward the design and construction of the Community Park, and construction to another off-site recreational facility in Pleasanton.
It is the vision of the Sharks to make ice hockey and other ice related sports an integral part of the local community. In addition to four ice skating rinks, plans include: a retail shop, restaurant/bar, snack shop, and private areas for birthday and company parties. This facility will not accommodate regular Sharks hockey practices or games as these will continue to take place in Sharks Ice at San Jose, the official practice facility of the Sharks.
This facility can host a variety of ice skating activities, including: •Public skating sessions •Public school physical education classes •Competitive team practices and games •City Park and Recreation Department programs •Private and group skating lessons •Youth and adult hockey practices and games for boys and girls and men and women •Figure skating •Speed skating •Curling •Synchronized skating •Ice dance •Olympic level figure skating instruction and practice •Approximately six total annual weekend special events such as hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions •Special needs programs for physically and developmentally disabled children •Disabled hockey program providing sled hockey for disabled persons •Lessons and programs for community organizations such as YMCA, Girl and Boy Scouts, etc. •Birthday and company parties
In addition to the above ice facility SJAM/SVSE and City of Pleasanton are also discussing the details of establishing an outdoor ice skating rink. This rink will be located in Downtown Pleasanton and serve the general public in the winter months.
The Pleasanton ice facility is scheduled to be open to the public by the summer of 2010.