Skaters in Central Park’s two rinks are devastated that this weekend will be their last day on the ice – and despite their political nemesis angry at Mayor de Blasio for closing the rink run by Trump .
The Post broke the news on Saturday that the Lasker and Vollman rinks would be closed on Sunday, six weeks before their April closing dates.
Last month, Hizoner announced that he was opposing the city’s contracts with the Trump Organization, alleging that then-President Trump encouraged rioters to blow up the Capitol.
Trump’s trade group, run by his sons Donald Jr. and Eric, has operated the rink for more than 30 years.
Ice-skating skaters told The Post on Saturday that they felt like pawns in De Blasio’s political game.
Looking at their two daughters skate, Lee Krusner, 49, said, “The real people they’re killing are 2,500 kids this season, who are benefiting from the skating program and 250 innocent employees, who call it our Are keeping
Also on Saturday, the Trump Organization posted a letter about a door to the Wallman rink being closed.
Next to the letter was a notice about a petition to prevent the rink from closing early. The petition, initiated by figure skater Sabrina Sabet, had more than 1,700 signatures as of Saturday afternoon.
“I was feeling a lot of trouble. I’ve really skated here since I was 3 years old…. We all know, it’s like a second family,” said Sabet, 18, who sat on Saturday Was at the rink. “This is our senior year. So many things are already ruined.”
Mark Weitzman, who has taught figure skating at Volman for 12 years, told The Post that de Blasio’s decision would affect young skaters more than Trump.
The 44-year-old Weitzman said, “I understand politics, I get it, but I think the people who are getting hurt in this particular situation are children and we all teach here.”
The Parks Department is seeking a new concession to operate the rinkus, but no job offers are due until March 19. The city also has plans to contract with the Trump Organization for Central Park Carousel and Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point. The Bronx.
The mayor’s office could not explain on Friday why another concessioner was not found before closing the rink, and did not respond to questions from The Post on Saturday.
“I wish someone in the city would pick up the tab. Bloomberg, or anyone, one of the big corporations, so that children do not suffer harm, ”said 50-year-old François Ragot, whose son has been playing hockey in Laskar for the past decade.
“It was very sad,” he said. “Last night, the kids were playing hockey and we came to know that there is no game for the rest of the season.”