Leominster city center outdoor ice rink set to open soon


LEOMINSTER – City officials and staff are hopeful that Mother Nature will soon cooperate with an always cold winter so that the public ice rink that’s all set up and ready to be set up in Monument Square can officially open its doors.

Leominster Department of Public Works Road Construction Foreman Kevin Iannacone and his dedicated team have spent many hours over three days building the all-new ice rink in Monument Square, which will officially open as soon as it gets enough. solid to skate there. (SHORT KEVIN IANNACONE)

“Skating on the Square should open any day now,” said economic development coordinator Amanda Curtis. “Mother Nature has kindly provided us with recent cold temperatures day and night, but we will not open to the public until the ice is properly frozen and we need a few more days for that to happen.”

Curtis said when the rink is ready for New England’s premier winter activity, it will spread the word through digital signs, the city website, the City of Leominster Facebook pages and Leominster Community Development, as well as Mayor Dean Mazzarella’s page and his daily Facebook at 9 a.m. live briefing.

Mazzarella said they first installed an ice rink a few years ago at Carter Park “with great success”. It has not been open the last two winters due to COVID-19 and once the coating deteriorated, they thought a new location would be good for the “weather dependent” rink.

“We decided to move it downtown,” he said. “It has a really New England look and is in a good location with restaurants and everything in it. We will be hosting events once it opens.

The brand new public ice rink in Monument Square in downtown Leominster, which was built by the Department of Public Works, will officially open as soon as Mother Nature brings in still cold weather. (DANIELLE RAY / SENTINELLE & COMPANY)

Kevin Iannacone, longtime Department of Public Works highway construction foreman and longtime city resident, Kevin Iannacone and his dedicated team spent many hours over three days building the all-new ice rink in lumber 60 feet long by 36 feet wide, including the installation of new siding.

“The walkway in the middle is at a different level than the grass, so we couldn’t level it,” Iannacone said of one of the challenges of the project. “I designed my own design and we built it. “

Iannacone said he and his team would be “shoveling” the rink every morning and maintaining it and joked that he “usually goes underground” for DPW projects.

Leominster Department of Public Works Road Construction Foreman Kevin Iannacone and his dedicated team have spent many hours over three days building the all-new ice rink in Monument Square, which will officially open as soon as it gets enough. solid to skate there. (SHORT KEVIN IANNACONE)

“Being above the ground is totally different from what we usually do,” he said. “I liked doing it.”

He said they hope the rink will be open soon.

“Next week looks good in terms of temperature, it should be pretty frozen by then,” said Iannacone.

Mazzarella had the same thought.

“We really hope we can have some cold weather for the satisfaction of the DPW but also for the people who are leaving,” he said.

Curtis said with this year’s rink being “bigger and better than ever, the town is” delighted to offer everyone the chance for another outdoor activity during these winter months. “

“Being able to skate under the beautifully lit lights of Monument Square only adds to the memory,” she said. “Keep your eyes and ears open for the official announcement to get these skates ready. “


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