CHICO, Calif. – The ice rink in the Chico Plaza is planning to open on Nov. 19 but is now receiving pushback.
Several members of the public expressed concerns, at the city council meeting last Tuesday night, for the homeless community near the plaza and for a possible conflict with the annual Paradise on Ice.
Chico Ice Rink in the Plaza is planning to stay open until Jan. 9, 2022, as Paradise on Ice opens from Nov. 11 to Jan. 17, 2022, this year.
This would be the first time Chico hosts this ice skating rink as they have been planning this event for the past four years.
Several people said that they believe something needs to be done with the homeless community before an ice skating rink is put in the plaza.
Claude Moore, who lives in Chico, said this event should be put together to help the community, especially the homeless.
“If it’s a donation to help the people. I think that would come better. More people would show up to help another person. You say give them money. If I’m giving you money and you’re giving me a skating rink, that’s not helping the people,” Moore said.
This topic will be on the agenda for the city council meeting next Tuesday, Sep. 21 as a memo is being prepared to address these concerns.