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    Dropping Rink at Brink part of Festival’s ‘transition’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    When it was first announced in 2009, Rink at the Brink was described as the “most significant event” the Winter Festival of Lights had ever undertaken.

    The festival’s acting chairman Jim Diodati (not yet Niagara Falls Mayor) said the 60-by-120 foot outdoor rink would offer a “more dramatic” setting than New York’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza rink, since it would be next to the falls themselves.

    In the end, being so close to the falls was Rink at the Brink’s undoing.

    According to Tina Myers, the festival’s program director, mist from the nearby Horseshoe Falls played havoc with the ice surface and the skaters.

    The article also mentions that the rink might be sold to Niagara-on-the-lake for $38,000 when it cost $700,000 in the first place. Wow!

    TD Rink at the Brink extends hours for holiday

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Beginning today, the TD Rink at the Brink, the outdoor ice-skating rink next to Table Rock House overlooking the Horseshoe Falls, will extend its operating hours for the holiday season.

    The rink will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 5, except on Christmas Eve, when hours are noon to 6 p.m., and Christmas Day, when the rink will be closed.

    Niagara Falls Attraction TD RINK at the Brink Prepares to Open for Third Season

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    From a PR Web press release:

    One of the cornerstones of the Niagara-in-winter experience – the TD RINK at the Brink – opens to the public for its third season on Thursday, December 1.

    The TD RINK – Niagara’s answer to the iconic outdoor ice skating rinks at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto and Rockefeller Centre in New York City – is located just a snowball’s throw from the brink of the world-famous Horseshoe Falls.

    The signature Niagara Falls attraction of the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, the TD RINK offers public skating, skate and locker rentals and free helmets for those who need them, as well as a skate sharpening service and group rates for holiday outings, parties, school trips and corporate team-building exercises. RINK adds yet another unique and fun family experience to the CAA Winter Festival of Lights, which is already one of the most iconic festivals in Ontario.

    TD, the title sponsor of the TD RINK, has generously agreed to provide six ‘TD Free Skate Days’. ‘TD Free Skate Days’ allow members of the public to experience the TD RINK at the Brink complements of TD. Additionally, the TD Comfort Crew will be in attendance at each ‘TD Free Skate Day’ providing complementary hot chocolate and a souvenir photo.

    Skating on an exhilarating edge in Niagara

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    From the Toronto Star:

    Okay, you’re up and moving gingerly on the new skates Santa brought, but can you stop?

    That question may arise in your mind this winter as you glide toward the brink of the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls.

    The Rink at the Brink returned last month, but skaters this year are getting a true sense that they are skating near the edge of the roaring falls.

    CAA Winter Niagara Festival of Lights & Winter Events Illuminate Niagara Falls

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    From a press release seen on Hospitality Net:

    Niagara Falls welcomes the winter season with Canada’s largest illumination festival, the CAA Winter Niagara Festival of Lights. Running until January 31, 2011, the Niagara festival captures the magic of the holiday season turning Niagara Falls into a winter wonderland with over three million sparkling lights along a 5 km route. And on Friday nights in December, visitors can enjoy spectacular fireworks, including an extravaganza on New Year’s Eve. Other unique Niagara Falls events taking place during the festival include a Santa’s Village Candlelight Stroll and the popular TD Rink at the Brink.

    Rink at the Brink gets go ahead to promote partnership with TD

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Rink at the Brink will be allowed to promote its financial sponsorship with Toronto Dominion bank when the outdoor ice surface near the Horseshoe Falls opens next week.

    During a special meeting Friday morning, Niagara Parks commissioners approved a request from the Winter Festival of Lights for permission to erect temporary signs bearing the TD/Rink at the Brink logo.

    During a meeting earlier in the week, some commissioners expressed concerns about setting a precedent by allowing third-party corporate signs on NPC property for an extended period of time.

    Signage could be a kink for Rink at the Brink

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Niagara Parks commissioners may be about to throw a kink in plans for the Rink at the Brink.

    On Monday, commissioners voiced their concerns about a request from the Winter Festival of Lights to erect signs and banners near the outdoor rink near Table Rock promoting the Toronto Dominion bank as this year’s title sponsor.

    With less than two weeks until opening day, commissioners, who expressed concerns about setting a precedent opening the NPC up to criticism, put the request on hold pending receipt of additional information from parks staff .

    Rink at the Brink to Return for 2010-2011 Season

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    As previously announced, the Rink at the Brink will be back on Niagara Parks Commission land this year. The official press release is available here:

    Thousands of visitors to Niagara Falls will once again be able to experience the thrill of skating just steps from the Horseshoe Falls, thanks to the decision taken today by The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) Board.

    During its regularly scheduled Commission meeting, the NPC Board voted to rescind their August decision to terminate the agreement between Niagara Parks and Winter Festival of Lights (WFOL) organizers concerning the operation of the Festival’s iconic Rink at the Brink ice skating attraction near Table Rock Complex.

    Ongoing meetings among staff members at both organizations have allayed concerns expressed by NPC and have resulted in plans and commitments to alleviate operational concerns and expedite future on-site rehabilitation once the skating season is complete.

    NPC to consider second chance for Rink at the Brink


    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The Rink at the Brink could get a new lease on life Tuesday after the Niagara Parks Commission threatened to kill the attraction after logistical problems in its first year.

    Commissioners are expected to vote during Tuesday’s board meeting on a report that would allow the Winter Festival of Lights to run the outdoor skating rink near the Horseshoe Falls again, but impose some new conditions about clean up at the end of the season.

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