Temporary Rink For Frog Pond Skating Season Delays Opening

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Originally slated to open for the first week of December, The Skating Club of Boston announced on Wednesday that ice skating at the Frog Pond in Boston Common will not be opening on schedule, and when it does, the rink won't look the same as it did in years previous.

The Club said in a statement that the Frog Pond skating rink needs maintenance that can only take place during the off-season. For this year, a temporary rink needed to be installed before the Frog Pond can be ready to open for the winter.

With the delayed opening, the annual Tree Lighting Skating Spectacular was cancelled, The Club said. But performers set to perform at the Skating Spectacular were also announced to participate at The Club's "A Night of Stars" event on Saturday.

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"“The temporary rink will be similar to the pop-up rinks that are now around Boston and it will still provide a great skating experience for the public,” said Doug Zeghibe, Executive Director of The Skating Club of Boston which manages the Frog Pond.

The Club said they hope the Frog Pond will be open for skating the week of December 5, but encouraged skaters to check out the Frog Pond website for updates and general information before lacing up their skates.

“We’re disappointed that we couldn’t have the traditional rink back this year after being closed last year due to the pandemic, but we are committed to bring Bostonians the skating experience they love in historic Boston Common as soon as we can,” said Zeghibe.

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