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Outdoor skating rink planned for Phillips Park in Wellesley

Posted by Evan Allen  December 11, 2012 11:39 AM

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Wellesley will finally get its long-anticipated outdoor skating rink this year – assuming the weather cooperates.

The Natural Resources Commission recently approved plans by the Recreation Commission to set up two sheets of ice at Phillips Park on Seaward Road, according to Andy Wrobel, Recreation Commission Chair.

Last year, Wrobel won permission to build an outdoor skating rink at Hunnewell Field, but the warm winter scuttled those plans. This year, said Wrobel, Hunnewell is too torn-up to build a rink on.

At Phillips, he said, one rink will be constructed on the basketball court, for smaller children to skate on. Another larger rink, about 100 feet by 100 feet, will be constructed next to it, he said, and will be for older children and adults. It will allow ice hockey.

The rinks are being sponsored by the Fire Department, Bank of America, Wellesley Youth Hockey, and the Wellesley Gentleman’s Society. Local resident Joe Levanto has offered to plow for free, said Wrobel.

The entire project cost, said Wrobel, should be under $2,000.

There are no lights at Phillips Park, so skating will only be allowed during the day, he said.

Next year, said Wrobel, the town will build the rink at Hunnewell.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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