Rink of Dreams

The Rink of Dreams might not be open until the new year, but it’s expected to be ready when the world’s best hockey players come to Ottawa.

Construction began Wednesday on the 12,500-sq.-ft. refrigerated rink in front of City Hall. The Ottawa Senators and city politicians held an official ground breaking in the morning and by afternoon workers were pulling up stones on the walkway.

It will be ready for skating in late December or early January. The Sens are hosting NHL all-star weekend Jan. 28-29 and residents can expect to see some pros around the new rink.

The city is paying $250,000 for the construction and the Sens Foundation and other local groups are contributing to the rest of the roughly $2 million cost. The city is expected to pay $200,000 annually to operate the rink.

The space will be used for community events in the summer.
Sens president Cyril Leeder praised those who are donating materials to the project.

“Every single one of them that we approached said yes and all of them came back and asked us what more can we do,” Leeder said, adding that the rink will add some spice to the downtown.

“We hope the Rink of Dreams will really become a family place,” he said Mayor Jim Watson said people will be able to use City Hall’s front lawn all year round. “While this is used fairly often in the summertime, it’s basically dead space in the wintertime,” Watson said.

City, Sens Foundation break ground on outdoor rink