- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Additional $2 Million in Improvements to Shea Memorial Rink
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
quincy — The Baker-Polito Administration has announced that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will replace the rink slab and dasher boards at the Shea Memorial Rink in the City of Quincy. The improvement projects, which are expected to begin in spring 2019, follows the Administration’s recent installation of a new refrigeration system at the rink in 2017, making a total investment of $3.2 million to the ice rink facility.
“The Shea Memorial Rink is a popular recreational facility offering visitors a safe place to learn, practice, and play,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to be investing in the future of the Shea Memorial Rink for the residents of Quincy and surrounding communities.”
The projects will begin with the demolition of two existing ice slabs of the main rink and the construction of a new slab. The new poured concrete slab beneath the ice feature a warming layer with anti-permafrost technology to allow for extended use. Additionally, new dasher boards and protective netting will be installed. Prior to the rink slab and dasher board renovation, the agency replaced the rink refrigeration system in 2017, a $1.2 million undertaking.
“Investing in community facilities, is investing in the residents of the Commonwealth. The Shea Memorial Rink has been a valuable asset to the City of Quincy and nearby towns as a place for sporting events, family time and physical activity. We are grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for their continued commitment to municipalities and to the Department of Conservation and Recreation for their work in improving the rink,” said State Senator John Keenan (D-Quincy).
“I’m proud to have advocated for the improvements to the Shea Rink and am grateful to DCR for committing the resources to make it happen,” said State Representative Bruce Ayers (D–Quincy). “This important funding will be well-spent to benefit the countless students and adults who use the Shea Rink and all it has to offer the community.”
In honor of former City of Quincy Mayor William T. Shea, the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a predecessor agency of DCR, named the 1962 rink after Mayor Shea. The rink was originally built as an outdoor skating rink, which was renovated in 1972. The renovation project fully enclosed the rink, installed spectator stands, and built team rooms for athletes. The last major work done on the rink occurred in the 1990’s. The improvement projects are expected to be completed in November 2019. The Shea Memorial Rink improvements project, along with similar undertakings at John W. Flynn Memorial Rink in the City of Medford and Bajko Memorial Rink in the City of Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, reflects over $10 million dollars in upcoming ice skating facility improvements.