- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Improvement Project at Flynn Memorial Rink
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
MEDFORD — Yesterday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will replace the rink slab and dasher boards at the John W. Flynn Memorial Rink in the City of Medford. The $3.6 million project was scheduled into two phases to complete the improvements at the ice rink. The first phase, which was completed in September 2018, replaced the rink’s refrigeration system. The second phase of the project includes the new ice slabs equipped with anti-permafrost technology and the new dasher board installation with protective netting. The project is expected to begin in spring 2019 and conclude in November 2019.
“The Flynn Memorial Rink is a staple in the community, with three local hockey leagues using the facilities as their home rink, and public ice time for recreational skaters to learn and grow,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy. “The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to be investing in the future of the Flynn Memorial Rink for the City of Medford and surrounding communities.”
The John W. Flynn Memorial Rink was built in 1958 by the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) and named after WWII veteran John William Flynn. Originally built as an open air skating rink, Flynn Memorial Rink was rebuilt in the early 1990’s as a fully enclosed rink facility complete with dual ice sheets, spectator stands, and team rooms. The Flynn Memorial Rink improvement project, along with similar undertakings at Shea Memorial Rink in the City of Quincy and Bajko Memorial Rink in the City of Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood, reflects over $10 million dollars in upcoming skating facility improvements.