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Downtown Leominster outdoor ice-skating rink slated to open soon

Downtown Leominster outdoor ice-skating rink slated to open soon

LEOMINSTER — City officials and staff are hoping Mother Nature cooperates with some consistently cold winter weather soon so the public ice-skating rink that’s all set up and ready to go in Monument Square can officially open.

Leominster Department of Public Works Highway Construction Foreman Kevin Iannacone and his dedicated team put in many hours over three days building the brand-new ice skating rink in Monument Square, which will officially open as soon as it’s solid enough to skate on. (COURTESY KEVIN IANNACONE)

“Skating on the Square is set to open any day now,” said Economic Development Coordinator Amanda Curtis. “Mother Nature has kindly provided us with some recent cold temperatures both 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 occur.”

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

Mazzarella said they first set up a rink a few years go in Carter Park “with great success.” It was not open the last two winters due to COVID-19 and once the liner went bad, 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 to it and it’s in a good spot with the restaurants and everything there. We will do events once it’s open.”

The brand new public ice skating rink in Monument Square downtown Leominster that was constructed by the Department of Public Works will officially open as soon as Mother Nature provides some consistently cold weather. (DANIELLE RAY/SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE)

Longtime Department of Public Works Highway Construction Foreman and lifelong city resident Kevin Iannacone and his dedicated team put in many hours over three days building the brand-new 60-foot-long by 36-foot-wide wooden rink, including installing a new liner.

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

Iannacone said he and his team will be “out there every morning shoveling” the rink off and maintaining it and joked that he’s usually “going underground” for DPW projects.

Leominster Department of Public Works Highway Construction Foreman Kevin Iannacone and his dedicated team put in many hours over three days building the brand-new ice skating rink in Monument Square, which will officially open as soon as it’s solid enough to skate on. (COURTESY KEVIN IANNACONE)

“Being above ground is totally different than what we typically do,” he said. “I enjoyed doing it.”

He said they are hoping the rink will be open soon.

“Next week looks good temperature-wise, it should be pretty frozen by then,” Iannacone said.

Mazzarella had the same thought.

“We are really hoping we can get some cold weather for the satisfaction of the DPW but also for the people to go,” he said.

Curtis said with this year’s skating rink being “bigger and better than ever, the city is “thrilled to offer everyone an opportunity for one more outdoor activity during these winter months.”

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

Downtown Leominster outdoor ice-skating rink slated to open soon