Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield joined Los Angeles Kings President and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and other officials to sign the final paperwork solidifying a public-private partnership to build and operate a new ice-skating rink in Reseda.
The city recently purchased two parcels for $6.8 million on Sherman Way for the rink, which will cost about $26 million to build and be funded by Proposition K funds, the Kings and through other city resources
“I am proud to further cement the bond between Los Angeles and our iconic Kings as we move forward to create this unique and historic facility in the West Valley,” Blumenfield said. “Thanks to the entire Kings organizations for your partnership on this project and for their dedication to our city, ensuring that future generations of Angelenos will have access to learn and love hockey and skating.”
Blumenfield, Robitaille and other officials signed a memorandum of understanding at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the L.A. Kings to continue to grow the game of hockey in Los Angeles,” Robitaille said. “We would like to thank Councilmember Blumenfield and Reseda for their hard work and diligent effort in helping make this a reality. We look forward to seeing the shovel in the dirt and watching the Reseda Ice Rink come to fruition. The facility is something that will be enjoyed by the community for a long, long time.”
Blumenfied said in April that he found voter-approved Proposition K funds put aside in the 1990s 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.
When completed, the facility will be owned by the Department of Recreation and Parks, managed by the Kings and serve kids and residents of the West Valley and the entire region.
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.
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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