The Rink of Dreams is about to become reality.
With the support of the Sens Foundation and the Hockey Canada Foundation, the City of Ottawa announced today that a refrigerated outdoor skating facility will be built at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of City Hall. The project's partners hope to have the 12,500-square foot rink open by mid-December.
"This will be a fantastic facility for families and community members in the heart of our city,” said Ottawa 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 Sens Foundation and the Hockey Canada Foundation for their generous support."
The Sens Foundation has pledged to cover $1 million of the design and building costs for the Rink of Dreams, which total $1.25 million. The City of Ottawa will cover the remaining $250,000 and operate the facility, pending the approval of city council. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the annual Hockey Canada Foundation Gala and Golf Tournament, set for June 27-28, are earmarked to help the Sens Foundation with its Rink of Dreams pledge.
“The Hockey Canada Gala and Golf Tournament will provide significant funds for the project,” said Senators president Cyril Leeder. “The Senators and the Sens Foundation have made the commitment to raise the remaining funds required to build the facility that will be a landmark for our community. We will now call upon our corporate partners to support fundraising efforts and help provide the means to complete this legacy project.”
The Hockey Canada Foundation gala will take place June 27 at the new Ottawa Convention Centre, with the golf tournament set for the following day at Eagle Creek and The Marshes. Leeder said previously he is hopeful the event can provide $350,000 worth of assistance for the Rink of Dreams project.
“The goal of the Hockey Canada Gala and Golf Tournament is to raise funds to make the Rink of Dreams a reality,” said Jim Durrell, chair of the Hockey Canada Gala committee. “The committee is excited to recognize our first big donation and are happy to be part of a project that will be enjoyed by many in the years to come.”
The partners are hopeful that, with funding in place by the end of June, the groundbreaking for the Rink of Dreams can take place during the summer months. As part of the Rink of Dreams legacy, the Sens Foundation and city of Ottawa hope to build more outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods throughout the community.
“Hockey Canada has long been a proponent of giving as many young players as possible the chance to play our great game, and we’re excited to partner on the Rink of Dreams,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “This fits with our mandate of accessibility to the game, providing more rinks, more options for players and to just have some fun.”
For more information about the Rink of Dreams legacy, visit www.sensfoundation.com
. To learn more about the Hockey Canada Foundation and its fundraising events, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/foundation