Central Park Ice Rinks Close Season Early After NYC Cuts Trump Contract – NBC New York

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Two ice rinks will shut their season early in Central Park following the choice by New York City leaders to terminate contracts with the rinks’ administration company: The Trump Organization.

New York City owns each rinks — Wollman and Lasker Rinks — and introduced it might finish its contract with The Trump Organization after the rebellion on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The NY Post first reported each rinks will shut up store on Sunday as a substitute of working into April as anticipated.

The Trump Organization is interesting the transfer however, within the meantime, is getting ready to filter out the rinks. The house owners say a request to maintain the rinks open by way of the top of the season was denied by the City. The early closure, they are saying, ends jobs for nearly 250 individuals in addition to a variety of public skating applications.

The City has not but responded to a request for remark.

Parents have been annoyed and sadden by the information the skating season could be reduce brief. Abar Salam, who introduced her daughter to the rink on Saturday, was shocked by the information.

“We’ve been here for five years and we count on this program, not only does she love the sport, but also for emotional health and well being,” she mentioned.

Malik Garvin is this system director for Ice Hockey in Harlem, a program providing free hockey to children between the ages of 5 and 10. Garvin says he heard the information round 5 p.m. Friday on his method to the rink for observe.

“They come out here, they work hard, they’re dedicated. To have that taken away from them is completely unfair,” Garvin mentioned Saturday.

Eric Trump launched a press release calling Mayor Bill de Blasio’s resolution a political stunt that solely hurts New Yorkers.

He mentioned de Blasio is “trying to destroy the only outdoor activity available to children during a pandemic. When does this nonsense stop. What are the priorities of our city?”

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