Friends and family skate to remember the man who built Outpost Ice Arena
Chuck said his dad, Bob Martin, was a home builder, but when the San Mateo and Central rink closed, he decided to build his own.
“He found an ice rink in California near Disneyland that had gone out of business and he basically bought everything but the building, used it, including the Zamboni,” Chuck said.
After Bob built the rink, he realized that people following meant more to him than building houses.
“He was always trying to grow the community around him, he just, I think it comes from him feeling like, you know, his calling was to create this place where families and athletes and friends could go and do sports, playing hockey, skating, having fun,” Chuck said.
Growing the local hockey community and innovative improvements to the arena became Bob’s life’s work. Friday would have been his 86th birthday.
Bob passed away almost exactly a year ago of natural causes.
On Friday, friends and family and those who use the rink shared stories and skated to remember the man who made this possible.
“To this day, I’m sure he looks at that rink, every time people use it, and he has a giant smile on his face because it really was his life’s work,” Chuck said.