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Ice skating rink to open Nov. 21

By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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Economic development leaders and business boosters are hoping for a shot in the fiscal arm with the opening of the region’s second ice skating rink. While it may be the region’s second, it’s Folsom’s first and it will open on Friday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. thanks to financial backing from the city and business organizations. Located behind the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, the rink will hopefully draw shoppers from out of the area, according to organizers. Folsom Chamber CEO Joe Gagliardi said the rink should be a big draw in the region since there is virtually no competition. “We came to recognize there’s only one other ice rink in the whole region and (Folsom’s has) been done with remarkable speed, to tell you the truth,” he said, remarking on how quickly everything fell into place. The project was proposed to the city council during public comment on Oct. 14. Two weeks later, with seed money from various business groups, the city council approved the project and even pitched in money to help make it happen. Using Redevelopment Agency funds, the rink group received a $25,000 economic development grant and a $25,000 loan. Within days, the rink was under construction. Measuring nearly 5,000 square feet, the rink is nearing completion and will open in one week. “This gives families a chance to bring down their young children. We get a lot of input from people who say there is nothing for teens and families to do in the winter,” Gagliardi said. Mike Jimena, who runs Stage Nine Theater located nearby, was pleased to see progress being made. He was optimistic about the holiday season. “I’m totally excited,” he said. “We need to expose the area to how cool the Historic District is.” Jimena’s theater is also offering their annual production of “Holiday in the Hills” on Nov. 21 and running through Dec. 28. The show features musical numbers, skits and more, he said. “It’s basically a celebration of the Historic District,” he said. The show features characters mined from the town’s historical documents. Jimena portrays the editor of The Folsom Telegraph in the 1860s, Peter J. Hopper. “We spent a lot of time in the Folsom History Museum looking at old newspaper clippings and archives,” he said. “We chose real people who were alive at the time, but the story is made up.” For more about the show, visit www.stageninefolsom.com/broadwayseries.html and watch for the Folsom Telegraph’s Nov. 19 print edition. -- The Telegraph’s Roger Phelps contributed to this story.