Dust off Your Skates and Head to the Frog Pond

Revelers at last year’s “Young Friends on Ice” event at the Boston Common’s Frog Pond.

Revelers at last year’s “Young Friends on Ice” event at the Boston Common’s Frog Pond.

National Hockey League hopefuls and novice skaters alike are invited to the second annual “Young Friends on Ice” on the Boston Common’s Frog Pond on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Young Friends of the Public Garden in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Parks Department, drew approximately 75 guests last year. It raises proceeds to support the mission of the Friends of the Public Garden – the Young Friends’ parent organization – to preserve, protect and enhance the Boston Common, the Public Garden and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

We’ve found many young people want to get involved in supporting the parks, but they don’t have a lot of time,” said Mary Halpin, director of development for Friends of the Public Garden. “This is a really nice time for young people in the neighborhood to get together and meet each other the common umbrella of Friends group.”

Kate Gundry, a chair of the Young Friends, said the inaugural event attracted many passersby with music and a professional skating exhibition, which she is optimistic will return again this year.

“What’s really great about an event on the Common with a low cost of admission is people walk past and want to join in,” Gundry said. “Bringing young people into the Common, particularly the Frog Pond, is also important because it’s an area that they often overlook.”

Admission is $35 per person, which includes skate rental. To purchase tickets, visit www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org or call 617-723-8144.

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