On Nov. 21, the Boston Common saw the arrival of a swarm of people on the opening night of the Frog Pond. Visitors arrived from neighboring boroughs to the heart of the city to experience the famed winter ice rink that had the tantalizing free admission for its opening night of skating.
People of all ages came to enjoy the free admission. The weather was in the mid-40s, which attracted a large crowd. Some were able to skate very well, while others held onto the side. One young woman was seen coaxing her girlfriend to try to come onto the ice while a man on the side encouraged her to try it out. The girlfriend was convinced that she’d “break her legs” and “who would pay the bills then, huh?”
Fear of falling was heard from all new beginners. A young boy was asked his opinion on falling after saying he’s fallen before. “It hurts but it’s okay.” While stepping onto the pond, a woman and her friend both shrieked when they lost their balance; another young man clung to the railing, inching slowly around the rink.
Though there were plenty of beginners, a lot of skaters there were very advanced, with a few doing spins and going backwards. It was a popular date-night event as more experienced people held their less experienced significant other’s hands while leading them around the rink.
It wasn’t all couples; plenty of families came with a lot of little kids. The Frog Pond offers whale-shaped supports for children to use, though parents were using them to further assist the kids.
One man comically fell for a group of his friends then sped away to race another member of the group. The group had some beginners in it, but they all helped each other out during their stay.
On her opinion of opening day, 20-year old Yvonne Plasa said, “It was so cute but so cold and free … so it was great!”
One individual reported being disappointed that the opening of the Pond for skating wasn’t also accompanied by a spectacle of lights. “If it’s opening night of the skating rink, I would have also expected some lights in the Common. It would have made the opening much more prettier, if you ask me.”
Frog Pond, an element of the Boston Common, is, and has been, a popular attraction in the winter for Bostonians. The Boston Common is the “oldest city park in the United States,” (1) since its establishment in 1634 and is a declared U.S. National Historic Landmark. The Common is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways that extend from the Common to Dorchester. Frog Pond, home to a pool in the summer, is currently an outside winter ice rink that is open to the public. The pond is managed by the private partnership between the Skating Club of Boston and the City of Boston.
The next nights through winter at Frog Pond will charge their usual prices. Admission is based on height, costing $6 for individuals 58 inches or taller, and is free for everyone else. The ski rental prices for adults are $12 and are $6 for children. The pond opens at 10 a.m. everyday, but closes at 3:45 p.m. on Mondays, 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday, and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.