Marina agrees to $150k emergency repairs of Water City Sports Center

The army built it decades ago but for the last 20 years, the Water City Sports Center on 2nd Street in Marina has been a popular spot for roller skating and roller hockey.Dustin Faulk has many memories at the center, he either worked or played there for nearly 20 years.“It means a lot to me and now I have kids who are getting interested in skating and they’ve come here for the public skates and it’s kind of special,” Faulk said.But now nobody’s allowed inside the building. The city red-tagged it last month after finding numerous code violations that weren’t addressed by the previous tenant and now the city just agreed to spend $150,000 to make emergency repairs“The first that’s gotta happen is safety, so electrical, fire sprinklers, plumbing all that’s stuff’s gotta be right,” said Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado.The mayor says the previous tenant didn’t have the “deep pockets” to properly maintain the building as required under the lease agreement, so he pulled out and has surrendered the property back to Marina.The future of the building calls for a $3-million investment to turn it into a state-of-the-art multi-use sports center. Plan A calls for eliminating all roller sports.“The thing is, this is the only place to play hockey like anywhere. There’s a rink in San Jose and there’s a rink in Santa Barbara and this is the only place between those two cities where roller hockey takes place,” said Faulk.The mayor says there is a plan B that could include a multi-sport center while maintaining some roller sports.“Not all people in Marina want it to have roller sports you know some do some don’t so we probably won’t make everybody happy but we’ll try to make the most people happy and get the maximum benefit out of the remodel,” said mayor Delgado.The mayor made it very clear that before any decision is made on the future of the building there will be opportunities for the public to provide input and feedback.

The army built it decades ago but for the last 20 years, the Water City Sports Center on 2nd Street in Marina has been a popular spot for roller skating and roller hockey.

Dustin Faulk has many memories at the center, he either worked or played there for nearly 20 years.

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“It means a lot to me and now I have kids who are getting interested in skating and they’ve come here for the public skates and it’s kind of special,” Faulk said.

But now nobody’s allowed inside the building. The city red-tagged it last month after finding numerous code violations that weren’t addressed by the previous tenant and now the city just agreed to spend $150,000 to make emergency repairs

“The first that’s gotta happen is safety, so electrical, fire sprinklers, plumbing all that’s stuff’s gotta be right,” said Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado.

The mayor says the previous tenant didn’t have the “deep pockets” to properly maintain the building as required under the lease agreement, so he pulled out and has surrendered the property back to Marina.

The future of the building calls for a $3-million investment to turn it into a state-of-the-art multi-use sports center. Plan A calls for eliminating all roller sports.

“The thing is, this is the only place to play hockey like anywhere. There’s a rink in San Jose and there’s a rink in Santa Barbara and this is the only place between those two cities where roller hockey takes place,” said Faulk.

The mayor says there is a plan B that could include a multi-sport center while maintaining some roller sports.

“Not all people in Marina want it to have roller sports you know some do some don’t so we probably won’t make everybody happy but we’ll try to make the most people happy and get the maximum benefit out of the remodel,” said mayor Delgado.

The mayor made it very clear that before any decision is made on the future of the building there will be opportunities for the public to provide input and feedback.

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