Skaters arriving at Central Park’s two ice rinks are to wake up in the cold next week – the rinks, managed by the Trump Organization, be closed by City Hall to punish the former president for the deadly January 6 riots Have been. Post learned.
The Trump Organization says Sunday will be its last day of operations for the iconic Volman rink and small Lascar rink at the northern end of the park.
Rink contracts were scheduled to expire in April, but Mayor de Blasio went to the ice to oust Trump, effective February 26, a month earlier.
The Trump Organization is closing its doors after closing business on Sunday, so it will have time to pack its belongings – including about 1,700 pairs of snow – and move out.
The city is ending all four of its Trump Organization concession contracts.
“Blump is impeached by the operation of the ice rink,” a De Blasio spokeswoman said on January 31, with a concession for the Volksman rink, along with the Lasker rink, to the central carousel at Trump’s Ferry Point and Trump Golf Links Announcing termination.
In a normal season, two Central Park rinks operate in March and early April. The carousel never opened for the season and remains closed due to the epidemic; The golf course closed for the season in December.
“Despite our appeal in the city to allow us to continue operating through the duration of the skating season – which will not only save the jobs of about 250 working people or otherwise provide services to the Vallman and Lasker rink, but also us Will also allow the continuation to provide several public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis – the city disapproved of our efforts, ”the Trump Organization told the Post in a statement.
Executive Vice President Eric Trump, son of the former Commander in Chief, slammed De Blasio for being “petty” in ending the contract, saying he was sad that the children would be kept off the ice.
“The city is in effect saying, ‘We don’t care if it destroys the skating season; we want you to be out now,'” Trump told The Post. He said, “It’s only in those things One of which children can do “for outdoor winter recreation.
“De Blasio is now closing the skating season while New York dies. It is very sad, ”he said.
“The mayor is absolutely petty. It is not about us, it is about the people of the city who come to skate and disabled children, who join hockey teams and others who attend skating school every week and take lessons, “Trump said said.
The Trump Organization is appealing for contract termination, including the city’s attempt to exit the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, a contract worth millions and with 18 more years left to run.
“If they terminate, they will pay us $ 35 million,” Trump said.
Donald Trump rebuilt the then-run-down Wolman Rink at the southern end of the park in the summer of 1986, and has since been a shelter for skate watching and hockey-playing families.
The mayor’s office could not immediately explain why the rink was being closed without a replacement concession when asked late on Friday.
The Parks Department confirmed to The Post that it gave a termination notice to the Trump Organization on January 15 with an effective date of February 26 for both rinks.
A spokesperson said that the department is still seeking concessions to fill the gap.
The companies have a deadline of 19 March to submit their proposals.
“We are working diligently to secure new operators for these great facilities through our competitive RFP process so as not to affect the associated weather,” said Park’s spokesman Crystal Howard.
The department said that the small lascar rink had already been closed for renovation, As part of the $ 150 million remodel The Laskar also contained the pool, but the ground breaking was not initiated there until spring. According to the Central Park Conservancy website.