On Friday night, Ottawa’s Rink of Dreams returned for a second year. Local media were on hand as Mayor Jim Watson officially opened the rink to the public with local media on hand. I made sure to stop by too, having brough my old Bauer Chargers with me to work and hanging around the office late on a Friday until the 6pm opening.
Credit to the Mayor who never learned to skate as a child, preferring instead to take skiing, he strapped on some skates and stayed out on the ice for a long time taking breaks to do media interviews.
I love the Rink of Dreams. I know a lot of people around town like to gripe about what a “waste of tax dollars it is, but I challenge anyone with that opinion to go take a skate one night.
It’s a beautiful spot, with so much going for it including:
- Terrific views everywhere you look, especially at night. You can see the Peace Tower, the Lord Elgin Hotel, the downtown skyscrapers all lit up, the roof of the Chateau Laurier, the Convention Centre and the DND building
- The lighting throughout the boards, a great touch along with the festive lighting on the surrounding trees
- The ice is flooded four times a day so it’s much smoother than the canal
- The rink can produce ice well above freezing, unlike the canal
We live in a city that gets hit hard by winter, both in snow accumulation and in cold temperatures. We need to invest in fun things to do and that make our winters more enjoyable. Every time I’ve been to the Rink of Dreams I’ve had a blast and all I’ve seen are people, young and old, enjoying the rink as much as I do.
If you love to skate and the Canal is closed, check out the Rink of Dreams, I think you’ll love it.
Have you been on the Rink of Dreams since it opened? Did you like it? Do you think it’s a dumb idea?