Design plans for “Ice in Paradise” were recently released to Goleta city planners. It will be a two story, 46,000 square feet building. It will house two ice rinks, including an NHL size one. The facility will also feature locker rooms, snack bars and an education facility where children can study if they are not using the rink. Rink officials also plan to offer figure skating, speed skating, hockey, broom ball, curling and sled hockey for mobility impaired individuals.The non profit, Greater Santa Barbara Ice Skating Rink Association plans to build the facility next to Girsh Park in Goleta. Organizers of the project have been trying to make it a reality since 1997.The non-profit behind “Ice in Paradise” is still short on cash. They are only half way to their $8.5 million goal. In fact, the group needs $2 million more just to break ground. But, project leaders say they will have all the plans and permits in place by the time they reach their funding goal.Organizers hope to have enough money to start construction by the end of this year. For more information, visit the Ice in Paradise website.
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