The tug of war between more golf amenities and new ice skating rinks continues over at the Bayfront. The Merc put the question into the context of all mid-Peninsula rink capacity with this article
After several lean years for Peninsula ice skaters and hockey players, the move to build one or more new facilities is gaining momentum, particularly in Burlingame, where a nonprofit group has proposed constructing a rink on the site of a driving range.
The Mid-Peninsula Ice Rink Foundation recently submitted a proposal to the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department, which is considering two other bids. The department is expected to wrap up its review early in 2017 and report to the City Council.
But there’s an unusual catch. To make the project viable, the foundation claims it would need to secure several million dollars from neighboring San Mateo. Michael Strambi, president of the Mid-Peninsula Ice Rink Foundation, estimates it would cost up to $20 million to build a new rink at the Burlingame driving range. Using funds from San Mateo as seed money, the nonprofit would seek private and public investors.
Getting up to $4 million gratis from San Mateo would be surprising to say the least. Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg is quoted as being interested and so I say "negotiate away"! I'm just not sure where there is room out there to put a couple of rinks with the associated facilities, etc. As soon as a proposed design appears somewhere, I'll post it. In the meantime, the holiday rink in Central Park is doing quite a good business.