Sports & Recreation
Rink of Dreams - Keeping our kids active and engaged in healthy activities twelve months of the year is a primary focus of Senators Sports & Entertainment. During the 2011-12 season the Ottawa Senators in partnership with the Sens Foundation and the City of Ottawa completed the Rink of Dreams, a 12,500 sq. ft. refrigerated skating rink on the grounds of Ottawa City Hall. With Jason and Jennifer Spezza acting as honourary chairs, the Rink of Dreams is the first of 20 community rinks to be built over the coming years in priority neighbourhoods throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Did you know Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall was open for 122 days & welcomed close to 60,000 skaters during the 12/13 season.
I Love to Skate – This partnership program with the Ottawa Senators, City of Ottawa and Canadian Tire Jumpstart provides financially disadvantaged children with opportunity to receive a pair of skates and helmet, and skating lessons from qualified instructors at the city’s outdoor rinks. The second year of the program in the 2012-2013 season saw more than 400 kids and their families celebrate their success at our annual wrap-up skating party at Scotiabank Place.
Community Rinks -The Sens Foundation, in partnership with the Ottawa Senators and the City of Ottawa, officially opened the second phase of its community rinks initiative when the ribbon of the Sens RINC (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood Communities) project at Jules Morin Park on January 11, 2013.
In addition to funds stemming from the joint partnership, the Sens RINC at Jules Morin Park is also supported by $100,000 donations from both the Maharaja's Ball and 24 h of skiing at Mont Tremblant community events that designate the Sens Foundation as a beneficiary. Funds have been used to offset construction-related costs to the RINC.
The City of Ottawa has committed to the revitalization of Jules Morin Park with the Sens RINC serving as the initial component of the project. The RINC project at Jules Morin Park includes hockey dasher boards, fencing, hockey nets in the winter and lacrosse nets in the summer. Managed by the city, the free Sens RINC Project's recreational spaces will offer skating and hockey clinics as well as summer sporting programs for hundreds of children and youth.
During the Senators 20th anniversary season of 2011-12, the Sens Foundation and hockey club committed to building 20 outdoor rinks in at-risk neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and surrounding regions. The opening of the Sens RINC at Jules Morin Park is the second rink of its commitment and the second opening within the year after the Rink of Dreams at Marion Dewar Plaza was declared open on Jan. 25, 2012. The Sens Foundation, along with donors and partners, will have invested more than $70 million into the national capital region upon successful completion of the Sens RINC project.