In advance of the winter recreation season, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced the start of its annual ice skating season at agency rinks across the Commonwealth. Beginning Friday, November 24, 2017, the winter ice skating schedule will begin at DCR managed rinks, allowing children and their families the chance to celebrate the holiday season while enjoying renovations made to various rinks.\n\n\u201cThe maintenance and upkeep of Massachusetts\u2019 public skating rinks is a continued priority of the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and we are thrilled to have completed millions of dollars in investments at several of our most popular locations ahead of the winter recreation season,\u201d said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. \u201cProviding residents of all abilities with safe, accessible and affordable skating locations has been a hallmark of the agency\u2019s efforts to encourage active, healthy lifestyles during the winter months, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of their nearest DCR rink this holiday season.\u201d\n\nDuring the previous year, the DCR invested approximately $10.5 million in capital improvements at several of its most popular skating rinks, allowing communities to enjoy an even greater skating experience. In September, the agency completed over $5 million in upgrades to South Boston\u2019s Murphy Memorial Rink, including a new compressor, roof structure, and other various facility enhancements. In total, $4 million was put towards improving the refrigeration systems at Murphy Rink, Devine Rink in Dorchester, Shea Memorial Rink in Quincy, and Flynn Rink in Medford, where the replacement of 40-year old equipment will allow for the modernization of infrastructure and increased energy efficiency at the facilities. Additionally, $400,000 was set aside to upgrade the lobby, restrooms, and locker rooms at Reilly Rink in Brighton.\n\nDCR managed ice skating rinks include Steriti Rink in the North End; Devine Rink in Dorchester; Murphy Rink in South Boston; Emmons Horrigan O\u2019Neil Rink in Charlestown; Bajko Rink in Hyde Park; Reilly Rink in Brighton; and the Connell Rink in Weymouth. Kelly Rink in Jamaica Plain, which the DCR manages in partnership with the Friends of Kelly Rink, will open for public skating on Saturday, December 16, 2017.\n\nPublic ice skating times and locations of DCR managed rinks can be found on the agency\u2019s webpage, as well as a full list of all DCR owned rinks. Additionally, visitors should call ahead concerning the availability of ice skate rentals, snack concessions, and ice reservations.