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Nazareth Ice Oasis

Ananya Pant, Writer, Editor

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Nazareth Ice Oasis

  

             The San Mateo Ice Chalet was established in 1996, and it tragically shut down in 2013, enraging many local skaters. The rink initially closed in the middle of 2013, due to their lease ending and the Bridgepointe mall owners not renewing the lease. This forced everyone who wished to continue skating to move to Redwood City Ice Oasis and Belmont Iceland (now closed).

 

           Since then, San Mateo and Foster City residents have been protesting to reopen the ice skating rink. It has been nearly four years since the rink was open, but the Nazareth Ice Oasis company bought the rink and has reopened it. “This is a dream come true not only for us but for thousands of kids and skaters who will be able to skate once again,” says Save the Bridgepointe Rink Citizens Group leader, Dina Artzt.

 

           Mounir Kardosh, Nazareth’s President, has taken on the task of saving this local ice rink. Mr. Kardosh was excited to make the announcement, “It is a pleasure to operate the rink because of the benefit to the community. The rink means so much to San Mateo residents and I based my company in San Mateo because of our thriving community.” Councilmember Joe Goethals, who has led the City’s effort to retain an ice rink in San Mateo County, was also excited for the progress toward reopening the ice rink at Bridgepointe.

 

                At last, on September 1, 2017, Ice Oasis held its Grand Opening, to much fanfare. Many teams are already practicing at the rink and is visited daily by many skaters. Admission is $15 dollars for adults, $12 dollars for kids under the age of 16, and $10 dollars for children under the age of 8. Skate rentals are $5 dollars per person. On the weekdays, the rink is opened from 10 o’clock AM to 11 o’clock PM. On weekends, it opens at 10 o’clock AM to 7 o’clock PM.

               Ice Oasis is also hosting Theatre on Ice (TOI). TOI combines the grace of figure skating with the excitement of theatre and ice dance. Teams are composed of 8 to 30 skaters, who must all have passed at least the Preliminary Moves in the Field test. Competitions are judged by United States Figure Skating Association judges and teams are scored on dramatic performance, costuming and overall quality of skating. The first show is on December 16 at 2 PM.

 

              The four-year-long-battle to save the Bridgepoint skating rink has finally paid off. Ice Oasis offers speed skating, ice hockey and figure skating classes.  Public sessions include, broomball, stick and shoot, and skating for fun. The Nazareth Institution has put its final touches on Bridgepoint, and the public is welcome.

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