Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Today isn’t the day for it, but there’s going to be at least one functioning ice skating rink in the city this winter.
The Crompton Park ice skating rink opened this weekend to anyone who wants to skate for free on a real rink.
The rink’s frame was built by members of the Carpenters Local 107 union, filled in with water sprayed by a decommissioned Worcester Fire Department truck, and human-zambonied by students of Ana Maria’s ALANA (African Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacfic Americans, Native Americans, and Allies) club.
In essence, this a completely community-led initiative. Along with those mentioned on top, others involved include students from the Gerald Creamer Center, Canal District Alliance, South High Community School students, Rotary International, Friends of Mike Germain, Wings Over Worcester, Nice Rink, Fairview Farm, Daughters of the Holy Spirit and Worcester Publishing. Pernet Family Health Service, located at 237 Millbury St has skates available for use and is also accepting donated pairs.
The rink is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily and can be found on the tennis courts.
In talking to community members, opening the rink has a greater significance this year. A month after the murder of Kevin Shavies just a few hundred feet away, those involved in building the rink say it’s important to push back against negative events with something positive.
It also proves to any doubters that all you need to make a skating rink is a frame, a hose and some cold weather.