Tomlinson Pledges $1 Million over the Next Five Years at Opening of New Outdoor Rink in Kanata

Kanata, ON – Freezing cold temperatures couldn’t keep residents of the Bridlewood community in Kanata inside last Sunday. Locals came out to sip some hot chocolate, sample sweet maple taffy and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides at the grand opening of the Meadowbreeze Park public skating rink, hosted by Tomlinson.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Councillors Allan Hubley and Shad Qadri joined Cindy Tomlinson-Keon, Corporate Counsel/Director at Tomlinson as the company unveiled the park’s new outdoor rink.

“Tomlinson is thrilled to launch this important revitalization project,” said Tomlinson-Keon. “We are proud to be a part of this great city, not only as contributors to its core infrastructure, but also as residents who live, work, play and most importantly—raise families here.”

Untitled 2Staff volunteers from Tomlinson as well as the Centurion Conference & Event Centre were also on hand to serve hot coffee and hand out hockey pucks. As guests laced up their skates, grabbed a stick of maple taffy and enjoyed some festive winter fun, Tomlinson-Keon revealed that the Meadowbreeze Park rink is the just the first in a series of Ottawa community park initiatives sponsored by the company.

“Over the next five years, the Tomlinson family has committed to provide $1 million worth of park renewal and upgrades within the City of Ottawa,” she said, followed by applause.

Tomlinson is a leader in transportation infrastructure and environmental services throughout Eastern Canada. The company provides a comprehensive range of products and services in quarrying, construction, trucking and environmental industries.

The company also has a history of involvement in different projects that enhance the Ottawa community. In recent years, Tomlinson’s team of cyclists—the Tomlinson Red Army—has raised over $600,000 for The Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s cancer research. The company has also provided funding for mental health research at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and been a strong supporter of several other community initiatives, including Ottawa’s Lunchbox program.

Mayor Jim Watson expressed his gratitude to the Tomlinson family as well as all of the volunteers who helped make the rink—and the day’s events—possible.

“Thank you to Tomlinson for this wonderful addition to Meadowbreeze Park, just in time for Family Day. I also thank you for your pledge to enhance the City of Ottawa’s parks in the next five years,” he said. “We are certain that this rink will be enjoyed for years to come.”