Stop Wollman and Lasker Rink From Closing Down
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Wollman Rink and Lasker are iconic spots in the heart of New York City’s Central Park. Many of their skaters have been skating there since they were as young as 2 years old. Due to the recent events at the capital, Mayor de Blasio wants to terminate all contracts of locations that are run and owned by the Trump organization. This would result in the rinks closing until someone else bids on it, if at all, which could ultimately lead to permanent closing. The skating season would only be a little over a month longer and although that may seem short, it is a crucial time for many. The early closure would prevent the high school seniors, who have skated at Wollman and Lasker for so many years dedicating most of their morning to early practices, from finishing off their senior skating season which they have waited so long for. These skaters show their dedication to their sport by waking up at 5:30 am multiple times a week just to practice before school. This past year has been very tough for everyone and skating has been the one thing that was able to remain somewhat constant and provide an outlet for many skaters. The rink provides so many jobs for coaches, skate guards, administration, and security. Dozens of these employees, most of whom have been working here for 10+ years, rely on their jobs at the rinks especially during these tough times of the pandemic. Many people have started out their skating careers in the youth figure skating and hockey programs. Most New Yorkers would be able to tell you they have drunk the Wollman Café hot chocolate at some point in their lives. This is not at all a political matter. As a Trump property, Wollman and Lasker provided little to no financial benefit to Donald Trump, and now as he has been removed it will provide none. Please save our rinks for all the skaters and New Yorkers who hold a special place for it in their hearts.
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