Two Central Park ice rinks are set to shut after Sunday as a result of New York City is reducing ties with the Trump Group that operates them.
Democratic Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s administration introduced final month it will terminate enterprise contracts with President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol.
Consequently, Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink will shut after Sunday’s classes, CBS News and the New York Publish reported.
Eric Trump, govt vp of the Trump Group, referred to as the transfer “purely a political stunt that solely hurts New Yorkers.”
“As an alternative of specializing in a dying metropolis which everyone seems to be leaving due to rising crime, excessive taxes, closed companies and completely incompetent management, the Mayor is portray indicators in entrance of Trump Tower and attempting to destroy the one out of doors exercise obtainable to kids throughout a pandemic,” Trump stated in a press release.
De Blasio stated the Trump Group earns about $17 million a 12 months in income from its contracts to run the skating rinks, as effectively as a carousel in Central Park and a golf course within the Bronx.
He stated the town would search new distributors for all of the sights.
“We’re working diligently by means of our aggressive RFP course of to safe new operators for these nice facilities so as not to influence the respective seasons,” Parks spokeswoman Crystal Howard instructed the New York Publish.
The rinks are utilized by youth skating and hockey packages.
“Everybody was completely devastated, each child, their dad and mom, their coaches,” Malik Garvin, director of Ice Hockey in Harlem, instructed CBS. “Children are paying the value for one thing that they had nothing to do with.”
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