It’s almost time to lace up your skates and hit the ice again in Santa Clarita! The municipal ice rink is almost ready to celebrate its grand reopening, and I can’t wait for you to see everything that has been completed in the past few months. Since the City of Santa Clarita bought the former ice station last fall, the crews have worked hard renovating the facility, making sure all systems are safe and operational, and updating the aesthetics and branding for this landmark in our community .

The city has posted photos of its progress on the ice rink on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and I know the anticipation of getting back on the ice has increased. Residents have also submitted old photos of themselves with their kids or friends learning to skate, watching figure skating competitions, playing hockey, or celebrating a birthday. These heartwarming images only show how important this facility has been to Santa Clarita residents of all ages for decades.

Changes indoors and outdoors

During the renovation process, you saw and heard that changes were being made to the exterior and interior of the building. In addition to a new paint job and a new outdoor color scheme, visitors will also notice new signage, colors and brands upon entering, creating a unique guest experience.

The city council recently approved a contract between the city and the Los Angeles Kings / American Sports Entertainment Co. (ASEC) for the day-to-day operation of the facility. I’m sure ice hockey fans are thrilled to see the kings in our community, but it should be noted that their partner ASEC is the largest owner / operator of ice skating and indoor sports facilities in the United States. By working with ASEC and the Kings, an experienced and professional operator is brought in to ensure the systems are in place to provide the highest level of service and support to visitors on the first day.

I also want to share some information on how you and your family can enjoy the ice rink when it reopens to the public. The new ice cream and entertainment center offers more options than ever before.

I’m happy to say the facility will continue to offer ice skating classes and open skate times when residents can rent a pair of ice skates and get on the ice. Regular groups of users also return to their home stadium, and we look forward to welcoming back youth hockey teams, figure skating clubs, competitions and more.

New opportunities

As an ice cream and entertainment center, however, new opportunities bring even more residents and visitors to the facility. The current ice rinks can be covered and protected to support trade shows, conferences and other special events, while corporate groups or private gatherings can be held in a redesigned upstairs banquet area.

Adults will love the facility as much as children, as the refurbished dining area upstairs not only gives you the opportunity to have a bite to eat – the redesigned beer lounge is the perfect place to have a drink with friends while you watch a game on the Olympic and NHL rinks. Both amenities will be available shortly once a company is selected to manage the restaurants.

Overall, there is so much to see and do in the new ice cream and entertainment center that words alone cannot express it. With more information on this facility and a planned reopening date announcement coming soon, I hope you allow time to see them in person, especially if it was your first time visiting.

The ice station was a place where countless residents and families have brought back memories for a lifetime, and I have no doubt the new ice cream and entertainment center will do the same for this and future generations. I can’t wait to see you on the ice again soon!

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at [email protected]