Reason for the cancellation of the electrical infrastructure
By Sam Catanzaro
Officials have announced that Ice at Santa Monica will not be returning this season.
“Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. regrets to announce that Ice at Santa Monica will not be returning for the 2021-2022 season,” said the announcement on the Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) website.
According to DTSM, in January 2021 the electrical infrastructure in the surface parking lot, which serves as the home of the outer runway, was “severely” damaged.
DTSM says it has worked with Southern California Edison and the City of Santa Monica to obtain funding and approvals for repairs and parts purchases, but those parts will not be available in time for the 2021-2022 season to begin.
“DTSM will repair the electrical infrastructure as soon as spare parts arrive and looks forward to welcoming skaters again in autumn 2022,” said DTSM.
According to Phil Brock, Santa Monica City Councilor, who spoke at the meeting this week, the only way the ice rink could be up this winter if you have ice in Santa Monica by the 5th powered generators.
“The only way to do this right now would be for the city council to decide that diesel use is acceptable for those five weeks,” Brock said, based on conversations he had with Southern California Edison officials.
However, at the city council meeting, DTSM CEO Katheleen Rawson said that would not be an option.
However, DTSM officials said it is working with the city of Santa Monica to host other community events in the Ice parking lot and will soon announce additional holiday activities.