For Immediate Release - March 07, 2017

Baker-Polito Administration Rededicates Newly Renovated Murphy Skating Rink in South Boston

BOSTON - March 4, 2017 - Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined with Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Leo Roy, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, state and local officials, key stakeholders, and members of the public to rededicate the recently renovated Murphy Memorial Rink in South Boston. The South Boston rink is named in honor of former Boston firefighter Francis L. Murphy, who died tragically in the line of duty on October 1, 1964.

“Francis Murphy was a true dedicated public servant, who always remained committed to his community, whether in service as a Boston firefighter, or teaching kids how to ice skate and play hockey,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I cannot think of a more fitting way to continue to honor the life and legacy of Francis Murphy than ensuring that the Murphy Memorial Rink remains a place for the community to gather and for children to enjoy for years to come.”

“Athletic facilities are focal points of our communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Thanks to the dedication of everybody involved with this renovation project, the Murphy Memorial Rink will continue to play an important recreational role for future generations of youth and adult hockey leagues.”

The ice rink was dedicated as the Murphy Memorial Rink in 1965, and has been providing quality recreational opportunities for the people of South Boston and the surrounding communities for over 50 years. The DCR recently finalized renovations and improvements made at the rink, which took 18 months and cost over $5 million to complete. The upgrades to the ice rink include:

  • ​Improvements to the locker room facilities such as toilets, showers, heating, and lighting;
  • Improvements to the existing lobby/warming room including an enlarged concession area;
  • A new skate shop area;
  • Improvements to the ice rink’s dasher boards, protective glass, and new protective netting around all rink areas;
  • New handicap accessible team bench areas and rink access;
  • Expansion of ADA seating and circulation;
  • Upgrades to the fire alarm system for facility wide fire detection and notification;
  • Placement of a new scoreboard emblazoned with the Murphy name;
  • Upgrades to the multimedia system, including new audio equipment and television; and,
  • Improvements to the ice rink’s roof structure.

“The recent improvements and renovations made at the Murphy Memorial Rink underscore the Baker-Polito Administration’s dedication to working with partners to ensure recreational opportunities are provided and supported for the benefit of communities such as South Boston,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “It is important that today’s youth have places where they can enjoy fun activities in order to incorporate exercise into a healthy, active lifestyle.”

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation remains dedicated to its core mission of protecting, promoting, and enhancing our state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the wellbeing of all,” said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. “With these major investments made at the Murphy Memorial Rink, I am so very pleased that the people of South Boston and the surrounding communities will truly benefit from this great facility.”

Today’s rededication event featured speeches from state and local officials, members of Francis Murphy’s family, officials from the South Boston Youth Hockey League, and Boston Fire Department firefighters. Additionally, following today’s speaking program, members of the Boston Fire Department faced off against members of the Boston Police Department for a friendly game of hockey to celebrate the rededication of the Murphy Memorial Rink.

“The Murphy Rink is a staple in the South Boston neighborhood and has served generations of young hockey players in its 50 years of existence,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The renovation is a beautiful tribute to Frank Murphy's legacy and is a reminder of the special person he was. South Boston and the City will continue celebrating his life and his legacy by giving our young athletes the best resources possible to help them achieve their dreams.”

“Our family can’t fully express our thanks to those who made today possible,” said Francis O’Brien, Francis Murphy’s nephew. “This is a community that doesn’t forget its heroes and we are thrilled that ‘Sonny’ continues to be remembered in such a wonderful way.”

“Francis Murphy, a son of South Boston, represented the values of his beloved neighborhood and this rink stands as a monument to his sacrifice as a member of the Boston Fire Department and his community service,” said State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester). “The improvements to this rink will help ensure that the young people of South Boston will continue to have an outstanding facility to learn and develop their skills on the same ice Francis coached his beloved sport.”

“Growing up at the rink I, like so many generations of South Bostonians, benefited from having such an important resource in our community,” said State Representative Nick Collins (D-South Boston). “When I took office in 2011, working with DCR and South Boston Youth Hockey to secure much needed funding for capital improvements was a top priority. I am grateful for the work of my colleagues in government to see the renovation to completion and for the opportunity to celebrate and honor the life and service of Francis L. Murphy, who gave his life serving others.”

For programming opportunities offered by the DCR, including at state managed ice rinks, please visit the agency’s website. Those looking to schedule ice time at the Murphy Memorial Rink are encouraged to call DCR at 617-727-5290 ext. 506.

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