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Holy Cross Sponsors Outdoor Skating Rink in Worcester

News Co-Editor

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012

Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012 13:11

With the NHL locked out and the Winter Classic cancelled, students are left wondering how they can get their ice skating fix. Look no further than right here in Worcester.

   Thankfully, this is not a reference to the uninspired performances of the Worcester Sharks, but rather The College of the Holy Cross has agreed to sponsor public skating on the Worcester Common Oval throughout the winter. The rink opens on December 5 and will be available every Wednesday and Thursday in December from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

   Admission will cost a $1 and skate rentals will cost $3. The skating experience will be complete with concessions, lights, and music. There will even be skate lessons on Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition to the lunch time skating, the rink will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Worcester school vacation days, and holidays. Further, there are two special nights planned: one only for college students from sponsoring schools and one for students, faculty, staff, and families of Holy Cross students. The dates of both nights are yet to be determined.

  In reference to the sponsorship, Holy Cross President Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J. was quoted on the Holy Cross website as saying, “The rink is a wonderful addition to our downtown, and represents the vitality and energy that makes Worcester such a special place to live and work.” While relations be
tween Holy Cross and its Worcester neighbors have been strained in recent years, this sponsorship marks a resolution from  Father Boroughs to maintain Holy Cross’ commitment to the betterment of the community.

   The idea for the skating rink came when the city of Worcester approached various local colleges, universities, and businesses; such as WPI, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Clark University, Unum Insurance, and Polar.  The city and these institutions worked together to create an outdoor skating rink, similar to the popular rink in the Boston Common.

   The rink will provide a fun winter activity for local families and increase foot-traffic downtown, thus helping local businesses. As a sponsor, Holy Cross will have its name posted on a side-bumper of the rink.

   Edward Augustus, Director of Government and Community Relations at Holy Cross, was quoted as saying, “There are tangible benefits for both Holy Cross and the Worcester community.  This is hopefully something we will see a lot of students take advantage of.”

   Worcester City Manager Michael V. O’Brien was quoted as saying in promotion of the rink, “[It] is yet another success story for our downtown.  It will be beautiful and first-class,”

   Conveniently, the rink will be opening just in time for finals week. Any students who enjoy skating, or just winter related activities in general should consider taking some time out of their studies to take part in the fun.

   The rink will be located directly behind Worcester City Hall at 455 Main Street and is designed to be 12,000 square feet. For comparative purposes, this is 4,000 square feet larger than the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. Please note that this is a cash-only event and credit or debit cards will not be accepted.

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