Young Friends of the Public Garden to Hold Skating Party

By Dan Murphy

To commemorate Leap Year, the Young Friends of the Public Garden is welcoming people of all ages on Monday, Feb. 29, for an evening of skating on the Boston Common’s Frog Pond.

The cost is $35 per person, which includes skate rental and hot cocoa, as well as use of the outdoor rink from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the three city parks that the Friends of the Public Garden helps maintain – the Boston Common, Commonwealth Avenue Mall and the Public Garden.

Anne Mostue, who co-chairs the Young Friends group with Rich Hornblower, said last year’s skating event drew around 30 people, which was deemed a success, given the inclement weather.

“It was extremely cold and snowy, so we were happy to have anyone out at all,” Mostue said. “But we could tell they were enthusiastic about the event, and it was great because we had the rink all to ourselves.”

Mostue hopes this year’s event will not only serve to introduce guests to like-minded individuals who consider the city’s greenspaces to be their backyards, but also raise of awareness of the Friends group.

“We’re hoping that people who come to the event  go on to  join the Friends,” Mostue said. “It’s an inexpensive membership, and the group needs volunteers to help with flowers and tree maintenance in the parks.”

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