Iconic Berkeley Ice-Skating Rink in Trouble
Is it curtains for Iceland?
Berkeley Iceland may soon be put on ice. As in the wrecking ball.
The Berkeley City Council will on Tuesday decide if the Art Deco ice-skating rink -- which has played host to Olympic champions like Kristi Yamaguchi and Brian Boitano -- should be rezoned to a big-box retailer, the Bay Area News Group reported.
Saddened skaters and parents have formed a group called Save Berkeley Iceland dedicated to keeping the rink where it is, the newspaper reported. But "it's been a long, long struggle" for the skaters, who in 2007 had to deal with a rink closed due to an ammonia leak, the newspaper reported.
Iceland was designated a historic landmark, but has seen better days since it opened in 1940, the newspaper reported. It's now a "crumbling white elephant," and not the "revenue-producing retail establishment" a new big-box store would be, the newspaper reported.
Save Berkeley Iceland has raised $100,000 to buy the rink and restore it, but they will need millions more, the newspaper warned.
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