Help Reopen the South Rink

The rink is not broken! And it costs much less to operate than you think! There can be ice again on the South as soon as the City makes it so.


In order to have any kind of impact at City Hall to get the South Rink reopened, it's going to take a collaborative effort by our community.


We were asked by City Council to have people make public comments during bi-monthly Regular City Council meetings.


Each person can speak for 3 minutes max. Councilpeople have recommended coming in groups of 5+ people, rotate, and come in multiple times. That's the only way this issue will get any attention.


When speaking, it was stressed that everyone pay close attention to their messaging, by:

  • clearly stating what you want and what you don't want
  • state both your immediate ask as well as your larger ask (we all have a similar ask, but for different reasons, which is powerful)
  • don't talk about all the things... stay on track with what matters to you most


Councilperson Josie Moore outlined the process of how to give a public comment at Council meetings on her website: https://josiemooreforclevelandheights.com/2022/08/23/how-to-give-a-public-comment-during-a-cleveland-heights-city-council-meeting/


Heights parent Jennifer Lang gave an outstanding example. You can see that here.


You can also email Mayor Seren mayor@clevelandheights.gov directly, but we were told public comments are the way to go to ensure your voice is heard. Here is the open letter Coach Tekus submitted to the Mayor and City Council on 9/14/22.


Tell your friends, family, teammates, and fellow residents... if they want to see the South Rink reopened for us all to enjoy, now is the time for your voice to be heard- and Regular City Council meetings are the place to do it!

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