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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces the Start of the Public Ice Skating Season

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  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces the Start of the Public Ice Skating Season

Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary

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BOSTONBeginning Friday, November 29, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will begin its annual public ice skating season at agency managed rinks across the Commonwealth. DCR ice skating rinks serve as essential assets that provide ice time for local hockey organizations, while also offering residents and visitors fun, safe, accessible and affordable winter recreational activities.

“With the change of the seasons making it more difficult to get outside and incorporate recreational activities, the Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to once again offer free ice skating at agency managed rinks for children and their families to enjoy all winter long,” said DCR Acting Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “Importantly, the DCR continues to invest in state park facilities, such as ice rinks, in an effort to ensure asset longevity, increase community pride, and provide residents and visitors with a first class state parks system.”

Public skating at all DCR managed rinks will begin on Friday, November 29, 2019, with the exception of the Kelly Outdoor Rink in the City of Boston, which will open its doors on Sunday, December 14, 2019 (weather permitting). Public ice skating times and locations of DCR managed rinks can be found on the agency’s webpage, as well as a full list of all DCR owned rinks. Visitors are advised to call ahead concerning the availability of ice skate rentals, snack concessions, and ice reservations. Additionally, adaptive programming is offered during the winter season through the agency’s Universal Access Program (UAP). To learn more about UAP, please visit the program’s webpage, where upcoming events are posted.

Since 2017, the Baker-Polito Administration has invested approximately $18 million in capital improvements for ice rink renovations. Additionally, the renovation of Bajko Memorial Rink in the City of Boston is expected to be completed later this winter, with work including an improved entrance, new concession area, and new locker rooms. The renovation project comes after the 2018 replacement of the refrigeration system making a total investment of $4.6 million to the ice rink facility.


Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces the Start of the Public Ice Skating Season

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.