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Skaters say loss of Ottawa Park Rink would be devastating

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It was the final weekend for open skate for this winter season at Ottawa Park Ice Rink. And skaters are afraid it's the final season for the rink as the City has threatened to keep it shut down next winter due to a tight budget.

Cody Odorzyski has been lacing up his skates at the rink for more than 20 years. "I have been skating here since I was probably eight."

On Saturday morning he hit the ice along with fellow hockey players for one last game before the rink closes for the season.

"I grew up skating here. Free skate and now drop ins. So, it has been a great environment to play and learn."

Austin Seay agrees. "It's one of the biggest rinks for outdoor hockey. It's great to get out here and play."

But there is some hope. Mayor Mike Collins says the City will try to reopen the rink in November, but the final decision won't come until Monday.

Nearly 6,000 people used the rink this season and it pulled in a revenue of almost $40,000.

Darlene Herwat, from the City of Toledo's Recreation Department says, "It is important tot he community. I think if you look around, you're not going to find an outdoor rink within 50 miles."

Dozens of local high school teams use the rink every winter as well.

But the rink isn't the only thing on the budget chopping block. City pools, cemetery upkeep and public boat launches also face deep cuts.

 

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