At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held today, Councillor Jean Cloutier and community members celebrated the official opening of the Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS RINK at the Canterbury Recreation Complex, along with project sponsors Jim Tubman Chevrolet, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Canterbury Community Association.x, along with project sponsors Jim Tubman Chevrolet, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Canterbury Community Association.
Children from École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Geneviève and Arch Street Public School then took to the ice with former Ottawa Senators player Chris Phillips for the rink’s first public skate. Also on hand was local artist Christopher Griffin, who created public art for the inside concrete wall of the rink. The artwork, called Along the Boards, features 12 stainless steel cut-out figures playing hockey.
Construction on the new multi-purpose, year-round outdoor covered refrigerated rink began in May 2017. The new rink will increase access to public skating during the four to five-month ice-in season. During the rest of the year, the rink will be used for ball hockey, basketball and lacrosse, as well as a range of community activities and events. There will be some final landscaping and pathway paving to put the finishing touches on the facility in the spring of 2018.
The Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS RINK was funded through a combination of a special area levy, development charges and sponsorships. Jim Tubman Chevrolet’s sponsorship is part of the City of Ottawa’s Community Champions initiative, which provides businesses, community groups and public-spirited individuals to become community partners by sponsoring City programs, services and facilities.
“We’re thrilled to see the new rink open just in time for the winter skating season. Thanks to the support of our partners at Jim Tubman Chevrolet, the Ottawa Senators Foundation and the Canterbury Community Association, the whole community will be able to enjoy this multi-use facility for many years to come.”
Mayor Jim Watson
“The Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS RINK is a valuable asset for the busy community hub that is the Canterbury Recreation Complex. This innovative recreation space would not be possible without the generous support of our community and our partners. Thanks to them, the year-round facility will benefit children and families across many neighbourhoods.”
Councillor Jean Cloutier, Alta Vista Ward
“It has been a truly incredible experience watching the Jim Tubman Chevrolet SENS Rink become a reality. This outdoor covered facility will be a great addition to the already thriving Canterbury Complex and community. I would personally like to thank the City of Ottawa and Councillor Jean Cloutier of Alta Vista Ward 18 for inviting Jim Tubman Chevrolet to be a part of this project.”
Anne Harcourt, President, Jim Tubman Chevrolet
“We’re very proud to work with great partners like Jim Tubman Chevrolet and the City of Ottawa to construct this new SENS RINK. A shared interest in giving kids an opportunity to play was a key driver in making this facility a reality. It will be a game changer for youth in this community.”
Danielle Robinson, President and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation
“The Canterbury Community Association is thrilled to see this wonderful addition to our community. We are busy planning events and programs that will call this new facility home. Watch for a Canada Day celebration, yoga, arts and theatrical performances and more in 2018 and beyond!”
John Marshall, President, Canterbury Community Association