The Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation (@OGYF), in partnership with the Town of Arnprior, Sullivan and the Arnprior Optimist Club, cut the ribbon on the Sullivan RINK OF DREAMS with a grand opening ceremony this morning at Legion Park.
Town of Arnprior Mayor, Walter Stack, joined Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation (OGYF) President and CEO, Danielle Robinson, Jason McMahon, member of the OGYF Board of Directors, Rob Ball, President and CEO of Sullivan, Brad McKay, Treasurer of Arnprior Optimist Club, Ms. Kali Robinson’s Grade 3 class from St. John XXIII School and many of the local counsellors and residents to officially open the new recreational facility.
“The Sullivan RINK of DREAMS is the 16th outdoor RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids) project of its type the Foundation has partnered on to provide young people and their families with free access to physical activity, mental wellness and social development opportunities,” said Danielle Robinson. “We want to thank all of the sponsors of the Sullivan RINK of DREAMS for persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic to bring this important facility to fruition.”
“The Sullivan family has been active in the community for 106-years and they always give back when they have a chance,” said Rob Ball. “I know this project would have been near and dear to Thomas (Tommy) Sullivan’s heart as a former mayor and lifelong community supporter who always made sure kids had a chance to play”.
“The dream of this rink has finally become a reality for our town,” said Brad McKay. “The Sullivan RINK of DREAMS was built by community for community as evident by all the local sponsors including the Town of Arnprior, Sullivan Construction, Mulvihill Insurance, Tim Hortons McCluskey Group, Arnprior Firefighter Fundraising Association, Reid Brothers Motor Sales, and Sandvik”. Brad continued, “The Arnprior Optimist Club is grateful to its membership and all of these partners for remaining focused on the end goal of providing our town with a safe outdoor recreational space for years to come”.
Located in Legion Park, on Edey Street in Arnprior, kitty-corner to St. John XXIII Catholic School, the Sullivan RINK of DREAMS has permanent hockey dasher boards, fencing, basketball nets during the summer months and hockey nets in the winter. Managed by the Town of Arnprior and local volunteer groups like the Arnprior Optimist Club and the Arnprior Firefighter Fundraising Association the rink is set to host year-round recreational programs and activities for hundreds of young people and residents. Activities like futsal, pickleball, court games, ball hockey, skating, shinney hockey, yoga, and more will take place in the coming months.
“This rink will be a wonderful addition to the Town of Arnprior,” said Mayor Walter Stack. “Our town needs new recreation spaces to keep pace with our growth and I am pleased that the Ottawa-Gatineau Youth Foundation, Arnprior Optimist Club, and Sullivan teamed up to give this type of gift to our community”.