Linda Vista Residents Rally To Save Indoor Skating Rink
1:59 AM, Jul 1, 2010
Neighbors in Linda Vista are making a desperate plea to save a unique landmark for the city of San Diego.After nearly two decades, Skateworld in Linda Vista, San Diego's last indoor skating rink, will soon be forced to close its doors.Supporters said the rink will be forced to close because of a backroom deal between the city and a developer.The land where Skateworld sits is owned by the city. In 1982, the owner of Skateworld signed a 20-year lease. When the lease was up in 2002, the lease renewal was put on hold. It was around the time when Skateworld learned Sixth District Councilmember Donna Frye received information from a developer, MRW Group, requesting permission to submit a proposal of redevelopment of the same land.Skateworld was then given a 3-year lease. In 2005, its lease renewal was put in hold again. Skateworld said this time the city wanted to explore other options. Now, the rink is on a month-to-month lease.Earlier this month, on June 15, the city entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement with the MRW Group to tear down the rink.Linda Vista residents said they were outraged they were not involved in the decision."I'm disappointed that the city is going to develop it instead of leave it to the community," said Linda Vista resident Monica Astorga."I'm distraught," said another resident.Resident Kelly King agrees."I think it's ridiculous that they are trying to close down anything that is family-related," she said.More than 500 people have joined the "Friends of Skateworld Roller Rink" page on Facebook to try and save the landmark.In the Facebook page's comment section, users are questioning Councilmember Frye's relationship with both MRW Group and Bayside Community Center.10News tried contacting Frye, who said she had no comment. Skateworld and its supporters will continue to fight to stay and they are asking more people to join their cause.