The Friends of the Kelly Rink has concluded its ninth and most successful season providing recreation at the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Temporary Outdoor Ice Skating Rink on Marbury Terrace. Hundreds of local youths used the rink as their winter recreation spot through the winter. We rented 8,605 pairs of skates (at $1/rental). One hundred twelve children and adults took part in our United States Figure Skating Association-sanctioned “Learn to Skate” program coordinated by Kim Wheeland, a professional figure skating teacher and JP resident.
We thank everyone who made the continuing success possible. The DCR staff was able to cope with the challenges they faced maintaining the ice in an outdoor facility. Urban Parks Director Pat Flynn, Regional Director Karl Pastore and Southwest Corridor Manager Tom Yovicsin were there for us whenever problems arose. Boston Police Capt. Kelly McCormick (E-13) made sure the rink was on the regular patrol schedule of his officers. State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson helped ensure the rink received all the necessary resources from the state. Max Lee and Jeff Ferris managed the skate rental trailer in a calm and professional manner.
We thank our sponsors and contributors: Ace Hardware City, Boing!, Boston Building Materials Coop, Brookside Community Health Center, Centre Boutique, City Feed and Supply, Classic Cleaners, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Diaz Foreign Car Specialists, Fresh Hair, JP Gazette, Hatoff’s, Hyde Square Task Force, Just Small Jobs, Knights of Columbus, state Rep. Liz Malia, Mann and Rodgers, Morrison’s Auto-Rite, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Regan Youth League, Roxbury Highland Bank, Sorella’s, Stanley Towing, City Councilor John Tobin, Urban Edge, Yumont True Value Hardware and Tom Webster.
We welcome everyone’s support in our efforts to bring a permanent, state-of-the-art skating rink to Jackson Square. See you on the ice next winter.
Friends of Kelly Rink