Parents bringing their children to Central Park’s two ice rinks next week will be in for a rude awakening thanks to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio pulling a childish stunt to reap some sort of retribution against Donald Trump.
The Trump Organization says its last day of operating Central Park’s iconic Wollman Rink and the smaller Lasker Rink which are both managed by the Trump Organization, are being shuttered by City Hall to punish the former president for the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The rink contracts were set to expire in April, but NYC’s dimwitted Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio decided he couldn’t wait that long, so’s he’s locking the Trump organization out a month early, effective Feb. 26.
The Trump Organization announced that it is closing the rinks down on Sunday, so it will have time to move its property, including some 1,700 pairs of ice skates.
“Trump has been impeached from operating the ice rink,” a de Blasio spokesman had said Jan. 31 in announcing the concession terminations for Wollman Rink, along with Lasker Rink, the Central Park Carousel, and Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point in the Bronx.
De Blasio’s latest juvenile move follows last week’s announcement that he was terminating concession contracts it had with the Trump Organization to operate four popular attractions in NYC’s public parks.
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On a typical season, the two Central Park rinks operate through March and into early April. The carousel never opened for the season and remains closed due to the pandemic; the golf course closed for the season in December.
The Trump Organization issued a statement that said:
“Despite our appeals to the City to allow us to continue operations through the duration of the skating season — which would not only save the jobs of nearly 250 individuals who work or otherwise provide services Wollman and Lasker Rinks, but also allow us to continue to provide the numerous public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis — the City rejected our efforts,”
Executive Vice President Eric Trump, the former commander in chief’s son, slammed de Blasio for being “petty” in ending the contracts and said he was saddened that kids would be kept off the ice.
“The city is saying in effect. We don’t care if it destroys the skating season; we want you out now.
This is one of the only things that kids can do for outdoor winter recreation.
De Blasio is now shutting down skating season while New York dies. It’s horribly sad.
The mayor is absolutely petty.
This isn’t about us, this is about the people of the city who come here to skate and disabled kids who joined hockey teams and others who joined skating school and take lessons every week,”
The Trump Organization is appealing the contract terminations, including the city’s attempt to kick it out of the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a contract worth millions and which has 18 more years left to run.
“If they terminate, they will owe us $35 million,” Eric Trump said.
In the summer of 1986, the Democrats had so completely destroyed NYC that they needed to declare bankruptcy to survive.
The Wollman Rink remains the posterchild of Democrat incompetence.
After two Democrat administrations spent 6 years and $20 Million dollars trying to bring the decrepit Wollman Rink back to life.
In stepped Donald Trump who rebuilt the Woolman rink in just 4 months at a cost of 1.8 million dollars.
And since then it has been a haven for families looking to ice skate and/or play hockey to escape New York City’s dreary winter months.