Archive for March 22nd, 2012

Cleaning Up The Rink Of Dreams

- March 22nd, 2012

Ever since the Rink of Dreams closed for the season the front lawn of City Hall has been an eyesore. It’s been taped and gated off because it’s just not safe for people walking around. Perhaps it’s evidence of how quickly the city moved to get the rink ready in time for the NHL all-star game.

There hasn’t been much going on since the snow melted. The area could use a cleanup and some landscaping. I put in a request with the city this week and received a response this morning.

This from a city spokesman: “The Rink of Dreams boards will be dismantled this week and moved for summer storage. The boards will be stored at an indoor facility to prevent corrosion or damage to the LED light connections. The contractor that installed the boards in January will be doing the tear down. City staff are concentrating on litter pick up around the Rink of Dreams site and are working with the site contractor to complete work on landscape restoration as soon as possible due to the recent mild weather.”

The city’s $250,000 cost for the project still stands.

I went out to take some fresh pictures of the rink this afternoon and found some workers taking it down.

What do we call the Rink of Dreams in the summer, when it’s not really a rink? Maybe “Ottawa’s Magical Porch”?