Skaters Pack Boston Common For The Return Of “Skating With FRIENDS”

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – A line wrapped around the corner of the Boston Common Sunday for the return of “Skating with FRIENDS.”

The Friends of the Public Garden hosted the event for the first time in two years, after being canceled last year because of the pandemic. People gathered by the gates to get their first crack at the free cookies, hot chocolate and, of course, skates.

“That’s a pre-pandemic line I’ve been told” said Steven Tenbarge with the Friends of the Public Garden. “[It’s] very exciting.”

The event was a perfect opportunity for seasoned professionals like 8-year-old Taylor to re-sharpen their skills.

“It helps to just not think about it and just go forward,” she said.

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“I’m not getting off this wall,” said first-timer Ashari, a Harvard student who was clinging to the boards to stay afloat. “It’s going to be my best friend today. I’m going to hug it and kiss it and stay very close.”

Meanwhile 8-year-old Alex got a kick out of watching some of these struggling adults.

“They’re funny when they’re falling,” he said.

The event was in partnership with the Skating Club of Boston and free lessons and gear were also available. Frog Pond Freddie was set to appear as well.

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