Ice Rink Feasibility Study

Image shows the Jack Kirrane outdoor ice rink with adults and children skating during sunset

Overview

The current outdoor rink, which has been in operation since 1958, is a beloved community asset that has served generations of Brookline residents. While this ice rink is a wonderful and unique recreational facility, it is vulnerable to the weather and inadequate for youth and adult ice hockey or competitive figure skating. Due to the short season and unpredictable conditions, the community has long discussed the need for an indoor or covered ice rink facility.

In June 2020, the Park and Recreation Commission met and voted to appointment a Task Force to have public meetings to discuss the short and long-term future of the skating rink at Larz Anderson Park. During this past year the Task Force worked collaboratively with the public, the Park and Recreation Commission and Town staff to achieve a variety of goals including the conversion of the Larz Anderson Mechanical Room to accommodate temporary refrigeration units in the winter and a recommendation to commence a feasibility study to review the viability of a renovated or new ice skating rink in Brookline.

The Brookline Ice Skating Rink Recreational Facility Preliminary Design Services went out for bid in April 2021. Interviews were completed through the Town’s Purchasing Division by a Selection Committee consisting of Parks and Recreation Staff, Commissioners and Task Force Members during the month of April and into May.  The bid was ultimately awarded to a team assembled by Klopfer Martin Design Group (KMDG).  The team includes, JLG Architects, a nationally recognized architecture firm specializing in sports facilities, particularly ice rinks, for both municipal and institutional sports clients. In addition, KMDG will work with McMahon Associates on transportation studies and Jennifer Schultz of Sullivan & Worcester regarding project permitting. 

This is an exciting, long-awaited project for the entire community and we look forward to hearing your input and feedback through the process.

Upcoming Meetings:

Upcoming meetings will be held on Zoom and will take place from 6-8 PM. Zoom registration links can be found on the meeting agendas, which will be posted to the Town Calendar several days before each meeting. Please contact Jessica Zarni with any questions at Jzarni@brooklinema.gov or 617-879-5650.

Public Meeting #3: October 4, 2021

Public Meeting #4: October 26, 2021

Park and Recreation Commission Larz Anderson 

Skating Rink Task Force Meeting Videos

Task Force Meeting - June 24, 2021 via Zoom

Task Force Meeting - August 19, 2021 via Zoom

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