Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017
Ottawa Senators Foundation, City of Ottawa officially open ninth SENS RINK
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with the National Hockey League Industry Growth Fund and the City of Ottawa, officially opened the ninth SENS RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids) in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with a ceremony this morning at Alexander Park.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation is giving thousands of children and youth across the region an opportunity to play and to be healthy. The Foundation has committed to building 20 outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding regions. SENS RINKS are recreational spaces that offer free year-round sporting activities and serve as a social hub for families in the neighbourhood.
“Registration fees, transportation and equipment costs are some of the many barriers to recreation that families face. SENS RINKS remove those barriers and give children and families the opportunity to get active,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “In partnership with the City of Ottawa we are offering a robust program portfolio designed to attract children of all ages and educate them on the many benefits of physical activity.”
Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder joined Ottawa Senators Foundation president and CEO Danielle Robinson, Ottawa Senators Foundation board chair Goldy Hyder, Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, Sens Alumni member Chris Phillips and Riley Brockington, Councillor for River Ward, City of Ottawa, to break ground on the project.
“The City of Ottawa is very proud of our partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and the Ottawa Senators Foundation,” said mayor Jim Watson. “The new rink will be a great facility all year round. It will benefit children and families in this community and beyond.”
“On behalf of the City of Ottawa and Carlington residents I would like to thank the Ottawa Senators Foundation for this welcomed addition to the community,” said River Ward City Councillor Riley Brockington. “I am grateful for the new recreational programming opportunities that the Sens Rink will bring to Carlington,” Brockington added.
The completion of the SENS RINK in Alexander Park marks the ninth of the 20 rink committment of the Foundation and third project completed in the past 12 months. The new SENS RINK in Alexander Park will ensure the Carlington Community has resources in place that provide safe, fun and affordable activities for after school, weekend and summer hours for local children and youth.
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