Safety Concerns May Prevent Culver City Ice Rink From Reopening

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Culver City Ice Arena

Matthew Stevelman, 3, skates at the Culver City Ice Arena in January, shortly before the rink closed. Plans to reopen it have been complicated by questions about the safety of the refrigeration system. (Credit: Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times / January 11, 2014)

The Culver City Ice Arena, which closed earlier this month after losing its lease, might reopen after the rock-climbing company that had planned to take over the space revealed last week that it would not.

But City Manager John Nachbar said the city and the rink employees would first have to resolve many issues, including whether the facility’s refrigeration system was safe.

The unexpected news of Planet Granite’s lease cancellation was a relief to the Takahashi family, longtime employees of the rink who hope to operate it for at least six months.

“We would love to announce we’re going to open March 1, but we don’t know that yet,” said Shannon Takahashi, who manages the skating school. “We have to show the [Culver City] Fire Department that [the rink is] safe.”

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