New public ice skating rink planned in Cedar Park sports complex

Williamson County

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Fifteen acres of land that’s sitting empty at the corner of US 183 and Scottsdale Drive in Cedar Park will soon transform into a giant sports complex.

iSports Real Estate Development announced Friday the privately-funded project’s main tenant will be Chaparral Ice.

The developer describes the planned facility as “an innovative medical sports retail center that combines multi-specialty sports tenants, family entertainment, sports medicine, retail space and restaurants in a 157,000-square-foot facility.” 

“We’re open at 5 a.m. and we close at 1 a.m. the entire season,” explained Ryan Raya, owner and president of Chaparral Ice.

In 2010, Chaparral’s additional ice rinks in Pflugerville shut down, so they went from operating three rinks to one. 

“We operate at about 140 percent capacity at all times,” Raya said.

Besides hockey, Chaparral also hosts figure skating, curling and public skating sessions. 

“Last year we saw about 70,000 unique individuals come through this building,” Raya said.

One of those regulars is Eric Perardi and his family. 

“I mean we’re at the rink 7 days a week,” he said. “I’ve got 3 kids currently that are in the hockey program at different levels.”

Perardi’s firm is involved in this project. He told KXAN it’s a much-needed expansion. 

“Austin, as an example, is about 2 million people in the metro area, and we have 1 full sheet of ice at Chaparral. We have a couple other smaller practice facilities in the Cedar Park area,” Perardi said. “Dallas, as an example, is 6 million people and they’re going on their 28th sheet of ice.”

The sports complex will also feature turf fields, one indoor and one outdoor. The fields will be utilized for soccer, lacrosse, football and numerous other sports. 

While Perardi didn’t name other tenants Friday, he said there will be entertainment options for the entire family and sports medicine facilities. 

“There will be a gym there for the parents to work out,” he said. “There will be family entertainment restaurant where the families can go. There will be other sports that kids can play.”

iSports hopes to break ground in the early fall. 

A feasibility report prepared for iSports Development by Strategic Performance Group found the 10-mile radius around the site offers compelling population and income demographics.

In 2017, the 10-mile ring’s population was 394,231 residents, with an anticipated increase to 449,365 in 2022. Likewise, average household income for the same radius was $103,345 in 2017, with an anticipated increase to $121,974 in 2022.

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