Coming soon! A skating rink in Southborough

by susan on December 16, 2009

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If you’ve driven down Central Street in the past few days, you might have notice a new addition to Fayville Field.

The Southborough Recreation Department along with the Friends of Southborough Recreation are building a new skating rink at the park. The structure is up, but there’s no ice just yet. That’s coming soon.

Recreation Director Doreen Ferguson said they’ve tried to offer spots for skating in the past, but this is the first year they’ve build a rink. “We have tried to keep the Neary pond cleared, but when the person who was clearing it fell through the ice again last year I thought this was not an ideal situation,” she said.

The Friends of Southborough Recreation paid for the rink and for the ice to be cleared when needed. Ferguson said they’ve also been offered support by the backyard rink community in Southborough. (For more on that fascinating story, read this article published in the Metrowest Daily News last winter.)

I, for one, can’t wait to strap on some skates.

1 Jeremiah Mass December 16, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Impressive! Winters in SBoro tend to last forever so this will be a great way to get my kids outdoors. I’m sharpening my blades now.

2 Linda December 16, 2009 at 9:59 PM

I think it’s a great idea, the kids will love it and won’t be limited by St. Mark’s use schedule as to when folks can skate. Now with our own skating rink St. Mark’s School can’t use the excuse that they let the town use their rink as a reason not to make a more reasonable PILOT payment to the town.

3 De December 16, 2009 at 10:17 PM

I think this is great! Thanks to the Rec Department and to the Friends of Southborough Rec for helping to make our winter more fun!

4 Karen Perham Woodward December 17, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Ahhhhh…wish this had been built when I was growing up in Fayville in the 50’s !!

5 Elizabeth Baldelli December 18, 2009 at 10:56 AM

I love this idea and will be there. I grew up in Fayville and learned to skate on “Kiver Pond”.

6 Kelly Roney December 18, 2009 at 12:34 PM

If there was water in the rink last night, there has to be ice now.

7 Doreen December 18, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Please go to Recreation website on Monday for update. We hope to open it soon.

8 Localvore December 19, 2009 at 10:44 AM

I heard about this at the Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble and thought it was a great idea – outdoor skating it a great addition to winter fun.

Does anyone know the rough size of the rink – it’s hard to tell proportions from the photo.

Also, it would be great if there were some set times for things like kids only skating, open times for everyone, and even some dedicated stick-puck time – there’s nothing more fun than a friendly, casual game of shinny or pond hockey. Does anyone know of any thoughts the rec commission has on any of this?

9 Debbie December 20, 2009 at 9:09 AM

LOVE IT! – and I too, hope there can be some designated time for different “use-groups.” so the little ones and beginners can have “safe time” and, yes, some hockey time – I don’t play but it would be fun to be able to just go, sit outside for a while and watch a classic New England scene of outdoor casual hockey – etc.

10 Melissa Shields December 20, 2009 at 3:44 PM

The rink is approximately 50 x 100, similar to the size of an indoor rink. We also hope to designate times for different use so that everyone can enjoy the space. Also in the works is an “Grand Opening” event on 1/9/10 with hot chocolate and cookies for all. Please contact Friends of Recreation at
if you would like to volunteer for the event, help with sponsorships or donate baked goods. Thanks for all of the support and positive comments!
Friends of the Southborough Recreation Dept.

Please see this article for more information on the rink:

11 HelenL January 1, 2010 at 8:18 PM

Its wonderful to see a free skating rink back in Southborough, available at our convenience… we used to have one at Woodward when I was growing up, but its now a soccer field. (And the last time I took my kids to the Neary pond, I fell through the ice and broke my arm, so we didn’t go there again.) Thank you Rec Dept for a great idea, I just need to get those skates sharpened and bring the kids over.

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