Ottawa Senators Foundation breaks ground on 13th SENS RINK at Heatherington Park
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with 24h Tremblant, the National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) and the City of Ottawa, broke ground on the 13th SENS RINK in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with a ceremony earlier this afternoon at Heatherington Park.
The Ottawa Senators Foundation is eliminating the barriers to recreation for thousands of children and youth across the region. The Foundation believes that all children should have the opportunity to play and have 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.
“Giving children and youth an opportunity to play fosters skills such as teamwork, leadership and self-confidence,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “We’re very fortunate to work with great partners who share our passion for making our community a better place for all.”
In partnership with the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Senators Foundation is expanding the traditional program offerings of outdoor rinks and adding new activities that attract more kids to year-round outdoor play and exposing young people to new sporting and physical activities.
Ottawa Senators Foundation president and CEO Danielle Robinson joined Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, former Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and Diane Deans, Councillor for Gloucester-Southgate 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.”
“I am thrilled that the Ottawa Senators Foundation has selected Heatherington Park for their next SENS Rink project,” said Deans. “This investment will help to ensure that every child in this community has access to sports and other recreational activities allowing them to thrive and lead active and healthy lifestyles.”
The groundbreaking and subsequent construction of the SENS RINK at Heatherington Park marks the 13th of the Foundation’s 20-rink commitment.
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