Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood Communities

Senators Sports and Entertainment and the Sens Foundation believe that with the help of community partners, we can play a role in creating community resources, delivering programs and funding charitable organizations that provide healthy and safe sport and recreation opportunities for children and youth in priority neighbourhoods, so they can learn and grow outside of school hours.

During the 2011-2012 hockey season, the Senators 20th in the National Hockey League, the Sens Foundation pledged to invest in outdoor recreational opportunities for communities in need by constructing 20 outdoor rinks across Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding regions. These assets will assist with building a sense of community while promoting physically active lifestyles for children and adults of all ages in the RINC neighbourhoods. With that the Sens RINC project was born.

The first of the 20 rinks, the Rink of Dreams, opened on January 25, 2012 on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall (see below for more information). The remaining nineteen rinks will be placed in neighbourhoods throughout Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding region as identified with the assistance of the city of Ottawa and Gatineau as well as the work of the United Way and surrounding communities. Each of these rinks will be a permanent feature in the community and will feature an asphalt base, polyethylene boards, fencing around the rink and sports equipment including hockey nets, basketball nets or lacrosse nets to allow for the rink to be utilized each month of the year by community groups and residents alike.

During the summer, ball hockey, lacrosse and other ball sports will be featured on the rink which can also play host to community events and festivals. In the winter, the natural ice surface will allow participants to skate, play hockey, broomball and other ice sports.

Senators Sports and Entertainment along with the Sens Foundation will work with the city of Ottawa, city of Gatineau along with other municipalities and community groups where Sens RINCs are constructed to ensure the RINCs are programmed and activated in each area promoting physical activity and allowing children to learn and grow while at play.

Sens RINC at Jules Morin Park
Ground was broken on the first Sens RINC on November 19, 2012 at Jules Morin Park, located in the Lowertown community of Ottawa just east of the Byward Market. Made possible with the assistance of annual events the Maharaja’s Ball and Tremblant's 24 hours of Skiing, the Sens RINC at Jules Morin Park will replace the seasonal rink that the community has become accustom to for years, while being the first step in the complete redevelopment of the park by the city of Ottawa. Construction is expected to be completed prior to the start of 2013.

The Rink of Dreams
The “Rink of Dreams,” constructed during the Senators 20th season, opened just prior to the 2012 NHL All-star game in Ottawa on January 25, 2012. Located at Marion Dewar Plaza on the grounds of Ottawa city hall, the 12,500 square foot refrigerated ice surface features LED lit boards, and was built to become an attraction in the downtown core for visitors and residents of all ages to enjoy. A legacy gift to the region in recognition of all of the support fans and corporate partners from eastern Ontario and western Quebec have given to the hockey club and its foundation since 1992. Click here to read more about the Rink of Dreams and opening night. Click here for Rink of Dreams hours, schedule and status of the ice.

Youth who participate in recreational activities for five hours a week significantly decrease negative behaviors and increase development and coping skills while engaging in positive peer relationships (Source: Social Rec Connect: Creating Access to Social Recreational Opportunities for Children in Youth in Ottawa. United Way Ottawa, 2011).

For more information or to get involved with the Sens RINC project please contact us by email at or by calling 613-599-0323.