Rink of Dreams Legacy coming to Ottawa City Hall
The City of Ottawa today announced an agreement with the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Hockey Canada Foundation to build the Rink of Dreams at Marion Dewar Plaza at City Hall.
Mayor Jim Watson; Ward Councillor Diane Holmes; Jim Durrell, Chair of the Hockey Canada Gala Committee; Ken Corbett, Chairman of the Board, Hockey Canada; Cyril Leeder, President of the Senators Sports and Entertainment and W. Graeme Roustan, Chairman of Bauer Performance Sports Ltd., unveiled the rendering of the proposed ice surface.
“This will be a fantastic facility for families and community members in the heart of our City,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The Rink of Dreams is another way we are revitalizing our city’s downtown core and I would like to thank the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Hockey Canada Foundation for their generous support.”
Centrally located, the rink will be a gathering place for residents and tourists alike. The proposed 12,500 square foot oval ice surface is a refrigerated outdoor skating facility and will be one of the largest outdoor rinks in the City of Ottawa. It will operate annually from November to March and serve as a community space during the spring and summer months. The City will work closely with the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other organizers to host events that complement the many festivals and attractions in the downtown core.
At a cost of $1.25 million, the Senators Foundation will contribute $1 million toward the design and construction of the rink while the City of Ottawa will provide $250,000 and operate the facility, pending Council approval. Hockey Canada will also play a key role, as a portion of the proceeds from the Hockey Canada Foundation Gala and Golf Tournament, held in Ottawa June 27 and 28, will go towards funding the Rink of Dreams. Read more…
See also: Ottawa Hockey Guide