NEW YORK (AP) —
Two Central Park ice rinks are set to shut after Sunday as a result of New York Metropolis is chopping ties with the Trump Group that operates them.
Democratic Mayor Invoice de Blasio’s administration announced final month it could terminate enterprise contracts with President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 revolt on the U.S. Capitol.
Consequently, Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink will shut after Sunday’s classes, CBS Information and the New York Submit reported.
Eric Trump, government vice chairman of the Trump Group, referred to as the transfer “purely a political stunt that solely hurts New Yorkers.”
“As a substitute 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 accessible to kids throughout a pandemic,” Trump mentioned in a press release.
De Blasio mentioned the Trump Group earns about $17 million a 12 months in income from its contracts to run the skating rinks, in addition to a carousel in Central Park and a golf course within the Bronx.
He mentioned the town would search new distributors for all of the sights.
“We’re working diligently by our aggressive RFP course of to safe new operators for these nice facilities in order to not influence the respective seasons,” Parks spokeswoman Crystal Howard instructed the New York Submit.
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. “Youngsters are paying the value for one thing they’d nothing to do with.”