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April 24, 2014 12:15 ET

Ottawa Senators Foundation, Ferguslea Properties Limited and the City of Ottawa break ground at Bayshore Park for new Sens RINK project

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 24, 2014) - The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with Ferguslea Properties Limited and the City of Ottawa, broke ground on the third phase of its Sens RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhood for Kids) Project with a ceremony this morning at Bayshore Park.

Senators president Cyril Leeder joined Dan Greenberg, Barbara Crook of Ferguslea Properties Limited, Ottawa Senators Foundation board chair Graham MacMillan, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor to break ground on the project.

"The Ottawa Senators Foundation, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and our network of partners believe the more youth get active and engaged the better we all will be now and in the future," said Graham MacMillan, board chair, Ottawa Senators Foundation. "The Sens RINK projects promote physical activity, recreation and social development. Success will mean more of our youth will believe in themselves and be positive contributors to our community."

"We are committed to making Accora Village is a vibrant, caring community with access to outstanding recreational facilities, especially for youth," says Ferguslea's Barbara Crook "The Sens RINK project is a perfect fit with those goals - and a perfect fit for the Accora Village community."

Located at Ferguslea's Accora Village in Ottawa's Bay Ward, the Sens RINK at Bayshore Park will provide access to recreational programs and activities for hundreds of children and youth. The project includes the installation of hockey dasher boards, fencing, hockey nets in the winter and basketball and lacrosse nets in the summer. Managed by the City of Ottawa, the Sens RINK Project's recreational spaces will offer free year-round sporting programs and will serve as a social hub for local families.

"This is more than a new rink - it's a true community asset. We want to thank the Senators Foundation for their partnership for yet another community rink that will create recreational opportunities for families," said Mayor Jim Watson. "As we've seen with the other Sens RINK projects, I'm confident this new location will act as a magnet for people to come together and have fun."

The Ottawa Senators Foundation have committed to building 20 outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding regions. The groundbreaking and subsequent construction of the Sens RINK at Bayshore Park marks the third of the 20 rink committement, following the opening of the Rink of Dreams at Marion Dewar Plaza and the Sens RINK at Jules Morin Park.

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