In a last minute turn of events, NYC announced that both Wollman and Lasker Rinks will remain open for the rest of the season.
The skating season was set to end on Sunday, but an outcry from New Yorkers lead to a change in the Mayor’s plans.
A petition was launched on change.org, which as of writing has collected 6,660 signatures. Others held a rink-side protest.
“The Wollman and Lasker rinks will stay open under current management for the few weeks left in this season. But make no mistake, we will not be doing business with the Trump Organization going forward. Inciting an insurrection will never be forgotten or forgiven,” the Mayor’s secretary told the NY Times in reference to the initial decision to terminate the contracts.
NYC decided to terminate its contracts with the Trump Organization following the January 6 capitol riots, and more recently announced the contracts would be ending on February 26. The Trump Organization, expecting the early closure, said it would need to close a few days earlier.
Following the decision to keep the rinks open, Eric Trump, who is not exactly known as a big de Blasio fan, sent out a surprisingly praiseworthy tweet about the mayor’s actions:
.@NYCMayor Mr. Mayor – Thank You for keeping Wollman and Lasker Rinks open — you’ve just made countless NYC families (along w our 250 employees) incredibly happy. This is a bright moment for New York and please know we appreciate it. I look forward to saying “thanks” in person.
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) February 21, 2021
The City is still seeking bids for new operators to take over management of both ice skating rinks.