- Department of Conservation & Recreation
Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Operator of Kasabuski Memorial Rink
Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today announced Frost Realty Associations VI as the new operator of Kasabuski Memorial Rink in the Town of Saugus. On Thursday, August 27, 2020, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) executed a 10-year operating agreement with the company, ahead of the 2020-2021 ice hockey season. Additionally, DCR is currently planning to invest approximately $4.5 million in capital improvements during the facility’s off-seasons.
“Through the years, Kasabuski Memorial Rink has provided countless recreational opportunities for local Saugus residents, regional teams, and other visitors to participate in and enjoy,” said Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “The Baker-Polito Administration continues to foster public-private partnerships that greatly benefit the public, and DCR is excited to work with Frost Realty Associations VI to provide an excellent experience at Kasabuski Memorial Rink.”
Additionally, DCR has commenced the planning of the $4.5 million capital improvement project at the rink with start-up repairs being made this fall. However, major work is proposed to start spring 2021 and be completed by fall 2023 (work will be conducted during the off-season). Since 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested over $20 million in capital improvements for ice rink renovations. DCR ice rink facilities that have seen improvement projects include, but are not limited to, Shea Memorial Rink, Bajko Memorial Rink, Connell Rink, Ulin Rink and John W. Flynn Memorial Rink. The capital improvements at Kasbuski Memorial Rink will include:
- The installation of a new refrigeration system (completed prior to the 2021-2022 season); and,
- The replacement of the rink slab, dasher boards, and glass (completed prior to the 2022-2023 season).
“Kasabuski Memorial Rink is an important recreational asset within the Town of Saugus, which both the community and the region greatly benefits from,” said Saugus Town Manager Scott Crabtree. “We look forward to seeing the upcoming improvements at the ice rink and continuing our great relationship with DCR and the Baker-Polito Administration well into the future.”
Per the permit agreement, Frost Reality Associates VI will also make upgrades to the interior lighting system and renovations to the bathrooms, locker rooms, and common areas. These capital improvements are expected to be completed prior to the start of the 2021-2022 ice hockey season.
“Frost Realty Associates is excited to partner with the DCR in the operation and revitalization of the Kasabuski Rink, which is a landmark recreational facility on the North Shore. Our organization and management team have a great working relationship with the Town of Saugus and we are excited that Saugus residents, Saugus-Lynnfield YH and Saugus High School will finally have a rink they can be proud to call their own. With the addition of the Kasabuski Rink, Frost Realty Associates will now manage 8 ice sheets in 6 arenas across Massachusetts. We are excited that hockey players are back on the ice in Massachusetts and we look forward to reopening the Kasabuski Rink in the coming weeks,” said Paul Gilmartin of Frost Realty Associates.
“I would like to thank DCR and the Baker-Polito Administration for investing $4.5 million into the Kasabuski Rink,” said State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus). “This is really investing into our youths in and around my district. With the improvements and new management, our youths in our community will have a place to be proud of and skate safely. Shows what can happen when the State and local communities work together.”
“Kasabuski Rink has been the home of countless memories for Saugus families over the years and plays a huge role in providing recreational opportunities for our youth,” said State Senator Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn). “This new lease agreement and the major capital improvements planned by DCR will greatly benefit the community.”
Furthermore, operators of DCR-owned ice rinks are required to adhere to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ recently issued Workplace Safety and Reopening Standards for Businesses and Other Entities Providing Youth and Adult Amateur Sports Activities – Phase III, Step 1.