The best ice skating rinks in the Bay Area, mapped

Looking for something to do with your family over this Thanksgiving weekend? Check out some of the best ice-skating rinks across the bay area.

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A long holiday weekend awaits, and what better way to get in the spirit than by putting blade to ice? Whether you are staying in San Francisco for the holiday or visiting relatives in outlying suburbs, there are some pretty cool rinks to visit. Go on and hit the ice and let your inner Brian Boitano shine.

1. Snoopy's Home Ice

This charming indoor rink is done in the style of a Swiss Chalet. It is across the way from the Charles Schultz Museum. Don't miss the Warm Puppy Cafe.

1667 W Steele Ln
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 546-7147
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2. Marin On Ice

Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Open until January 7. Tickets are $15, price includes skate rental.

5800 Northgate Dr
San Rafael, CA 94903
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3. Walnut Creek on Ice

This is an 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink in Walnut Creek's Civic Park. Through January 3.

1365 Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 935-7669
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4. Oakland Ice Center

When it’s not hosting hockey games, it’s the best ice skating rink in the East Bay. Check out the public skate schedule here. Admission is $11 ages 13 and older, $9.45 ages 12 and under; $4.75 skate rental.

519 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 268-9000
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5. Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center

Billed as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area, this Embarcadero rink, nestled next to the Vaillancourt Fountain, is open until January 7. Sessions are Sunday-Thursday (10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.) and Friday-Saturday (10 a.m.-11:30 p.m.). Tickets run $12-$7 general; skate rental $5.

4 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 837-1931
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6. Holiday Ice Rink In Union Square

Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day. Ice skating sessions begin every even hour and last for 90 cool minutes. Admission is $18 for adults and $13 for kids under 9; skate rental included.

333 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 781-2688
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7. California Academy of Sciences Ice Rink

A new addition to city, this is the only ice skating rink in Golden Gate Park. Bonus: It’s outdoors, too! Sessions are 55-minutes. Admission cost $12 ($10 members), including skate rental. Sessions must be reserved online or at the museum on the day of the visit.

55 Music Concourse Dr
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 933-6159
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8. San Mateo Central Park

Boasting a whopping 9,000-square-feet of ice, this Silicon Valley rink will be open until January 15. Admission runs $15, includes skate rental. Sessions start every even hour.

50 E 5th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 522-7400
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9. Winter Lodge

Outdoor skating through mid-April in Silicon Valley. $11 entrance; $5 skate rental.

3009 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 493-4566
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10. Downtown Ice

This outdoor rink is located in the center of San Jose, and within a ring of palm trees. They string lights on the trunks of those trees, making the open-air experience magical. The rink is open on Thanksgiving Day, and through February 7.

120 S Market St
San Jose, CA 95113
(408) 610-4055
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Housing Pipeline Holds as Construction Rises in San Francisco

As we wind down the year, I'm repeatedly asked what the market will look like in 2018. While there are many factors that affect our market, I'm keeping a close eye on the inventory on the horizon. Socket site reports that the pipeline for new construction units in the City is holding steady.

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With new proposals having been submitted to the City for roughly the same number of residential units that finished construction in the second quarter of the year, the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco is holding around 63,500 having peaked at 63,700 in the third quarter of 2016.

As we first noted last year, the year-over-year growth in the pipeline has been trending down since the fourth quarter of 2015. And the year-over-year gain of 204 units in the second quarter of 2017 is compared to a year-over-year gain of 8,725 units in the second quarter of 2016.

That being said, there are roughly 7,000 units of housing under construction across the city which should be ready for occupancy within the next year or two (including the remainder of Avalon’s 326-unit Dogpatch development at 800 Indiana Street, as pictured above), which is an increase of 26 percent from the 5,600 units under construction in the first quarter of the year.

In addition, there are now 11,150 net-new units of housing for which building permits have either been issued, approved or requested, and 31,500 units in projects that have already been approved but not yet permitted (which includes the majority of the 10,500 units by Candlestick, 7,800 units on Treasure Island and 5,680 units at Parkmerced, projects which have overall timelines measured in decades, not years).

And with proposals for another 13,800 units of housing under review by the City’s Planning Department, which is up from 13,300 the quarter before but versus 17,800 under review in the second quarter of 2016, San Francisco’s Housing Pipeline totals 63,500, including 10,600 “affordable” units which are to be offered at below market rates, according to our accounting of Planning’s database.

At the same time, the pace of new construction condo sales in San Francisco appears to be slowing down, at least one index suggests that new condo pricing continues to drop, and rents in the city are down as well.  We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

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