The Ottawa Senators Foundation broke ground on the sixth Sens Rink project on Thursday, October 8. This rink will be built in Overbrook Park on Quill Street. In attendance were Mayor Jim Watson; Ward 13 Councillor Tobi Nussbaum (Rideau-Rockcliffe); Ward 11 Councillor Tim Tierney (Beacon Hill-Cyrville); Ottawa-Vanier MP Mauril Bélanger; Cyril Leeder, President of the Ottawa Senators; and students from St. Michael Catholic School.
The Overbrook Community Association was pleased to learn about the Sens Foundation’s interest in putting its next "Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood for Kids (RINK)" projects in Overbrook earlier this year. The Association told Councillor Nussbaum that it supported the rink "1,000%" because of high-needs of youth in our neighbourhood.
The project, a state-of-the-art outdoor rink, promotes physical activity, recreation and social development, along with getting youth more active and engaged. Since greater youth engagement is a key goal of our organization and other community partners, the Association is grateful that the Sens Foundation undertook fundraising efforts. The rink will be built with sponsorship from the Trinity Development Foundation, which provides philanthropic support for community causes throughout Ottawa.
The Sens Rink will provide local kids with access to recreational programs and activities, both in the winter and summer months. The Association views the rink as vital to providing at-risk youth with additional recreation opportunities, especially during critical hours.
Speaking at the ceremony, Danielle Robinson, President and CEO of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, said: “We believe that all children should have access to physical activity and social development. The new rink will provide a year-round recreational facility that gives kids in the community the opportunity to play, learn and have fun.”
Construction will begin on the rink on Tuesday, October 13 and the rink is scheduled to be completed by December 2015 for use this winter season.
The Sens Foundation has committed to building 20 rinks in the National Capital region.