Roller hockey enthusiasts are hoping for City Council approval tonight for a roller hockey rink on 5.5 acres in the proposed Civic Center Park.
"A lot of the kids are playing roller hockey in the streets, and that's not a safe situation," said Irvine Mayor Michael Ward, who supports the idea.
Walt Disney Co. approached the city about a year ago with a proposal to build a roller hockey rink as a public-private partnership. The Community Services Department is recommending that the city invite bids from private operators to build the facility.
The Irvine Boys and Girls Club and the Irvine Hockey Club both sponsor roller hockey leagues in the city. Players use a wooden basketball court at the Boys and Girls Club. The Irvine Hockey Club, which opened in January, has two rinks with a special surface called Roll-on.