September 15th Date Marks Earliest Opening in Decades
The Francis L. Murphy Rink in South Boston will be opening nearly a month early this year, DCR announced earlier this week. Typically the Rink opens up in mid-October for hockey season, but will open on September 15th this year to give the youth in the community a head start on the season and extend their access to the newly renovated recreation area. Rededicated recently, the Murphy rink went through major renovations including infrastructure investments and capital improvements to allow the facility to be open for an extended season. Upgrades also included prioritizing safety in the facility. DCR included glass around the little rink to prevent errant pucks from hitting spectators, as well as the installation of a “look-up-line” on the ice to warn young players and skaters of their proximity to the boards, similar to a warning track in baseball.
Senator Nick Collins lauded the DCR for fulfilling their commitment to reinvesting in the community.
“This year’s opening of Murphy Rink will be the earliest it has opened in my lifetime,” said Senator Collins. “This coupled with the recent completion of a major capital investment in the rink speaks volumes about DCR’s commitment to our community”, said Collins.
News of the announcement was met with enthusiasm by South Boston Youth Hockey leaders.
“On behalf of the SBYH Board of Directors and families, we’re thrilled to have DCR’s support in opening up the rink early this year,” said South Boston Youth Hockey League President John Gilmartin. “Without their commitment and dedication to the youth of South Boston, the early opening of the Murphy Rink would not be possible. The recent upgrades to the rink’s infrastructure, along with a September opening date, solidifies their focus on providing a safe recreational environment for our children to engage in a constructive activity that builds character and integrity; instills a sense of pride in their neighborhood and provides opportunities to make a positive impact on their lives. I want to particularly thank Commissioner Roy, Sean Pierce and our elected officials for helping make this possible,” added Gilmartin.