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Chico City Council to decide if it moves forward with downtown ice rink

Chico City Council will be voting to move forward with putting an ice rink in downtown Chico at its meeting Tuesday night.

Posted: Sep 21, 2021 5:52 PM

CHICO, Calif. - People would have to pay to get into the ice rink that would be located at the city plaza in downtown Chico.

The ice rink will be fenced off and only people who pay would be allowed in. 

Ray Coppock has been the owner of Melody Records in downtown Chico for 42 years.

He said he is skeptical about the ice rink coming to Chico especially in a popular homeless hang-out spot.

"I hope the dynamic of the downtown changes and I know the homeless are going to be here but just hoping it is a more friendly, family place I guess,” said Coppock.

The City of Chico said it has a plan in place to address these concerns.

“Part of it is temporary fencing,” said Chico Public Works Engineering Director Robert Murdoch. So that when you pay to enter there will obviously be restrictions of people, can't just wander in and out."

Melody Records is located directly across the street from the city plaza. Coppock said he hopes this will bring more people into his store.

"I like downtown and have gotten used to the homeless and they don't bug me very much but I would love to see other people coming downtown," said Coppock.

Action News Now asked Chico Mayor Andrew Coolidge if implementing the ice rink was a tactic in getting rid of the homeless in this area.

"No, that was not the original reasoning behind this,” said Coolidge. “This has been discussed prior to my involvement on the council. The ice rink is something that has been talked about for several years now."

The city said it will cost around $400,000 to put in the ice rink. The city is expecting to make over $500,000 in revenue.

The city council will vote tonight to move forward or not move forward with putting in the ice rink at the city plaza.

If approved the ice rink would be up and running on Nov. 19 and close on Jan. 14.

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