The city has entered into escrow to purchase two parcels from the former Community Redevelopment Agency on Sherman Way in Reseda for an ice skating rink, Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield announced Thursday.

The $6.8 million purchase, which entered into escrow on Wednesday, paves the way for the final steps to build the city’s first year-round ice skating rink, Blumenfield said.

“Where there’s a will there’s a way and I am proud to announce that we are at the cusp of bringing a new ice rink facility to the West Valley,” Blumenfield said. “This agreement between the former CRA and the city lets us move forward, bring on new partners, and build a facility that will be a cool, fun and active destination for the entire region.”

Blumenfied said he found voter approved Proposition K funds that were put aside in the 1990’s specifically for an ice rink to help fund the project, but they were not enough to build a rink, so he formed a partnership with the Los Angeles Kings to help develop the facility.

“We’ve taken a major step forward to ensure that generations of Angelenos have an opportunity to play winter sports year round in sunny Southern California,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

“I want to thank Councilmember Bob Blumenfield for his years of hard work and leadership in pulling together the team, funds, and vision for Reseda and the ice rink. This ice rink is an example of what can be accomplished when a wide array of city officials, agencies and outside partners work hand in hand towards a common goal.”

Blumenfield said the project is a central piece of his “Reseda Rising” vision for Sherman Way, and that the facility will be built on formerly blighted parcels.

“As ice rinks throughout Los Angeles close their doors or become privatized, the Department of Recreation and Parks is proudly helping ensure thousands of local, community kids have access to city-owned, first-class facilities right in their community,” said Mike Shull, general manager of the Department of Recreation and Parks.

The rink is intended to be part of the Reseda Town Center that will eventually add retail at the street level, a Laemmle theatre and apartments, Blumenfield said.

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