Avon Pond ice skating rink will open for eighth season

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AVON-BY-THE-SEA — Avon Pond will be open at the conclusion of December for the eighth consecutive winter season and will remain open as long as the weather permits.

The pond, assembled each year in Volunteer Park, has welcomed residents from over 47 different towns in New Jersey and even guests from out of state, said Pond Administrator John O’Malley.

“It’s open to anyone who wants to buy the badge,” he said.

The pond is expected to be open before New Year’s Day and will host many activities such as pond hockey and general skating.

“[The pond] has created this whole community of skating and hockey and development beyond that,” said Mr. O’Malley. “We had so many kids who skated at the pond who moved on to play in high school.”

The Avon Pond was honored for this role by the New York Rangers in the 2015-2016 season, as the recipient of the Emile Francis Award. The award is recognition for the helpful resource that has provided exposure to children wishing to learn hockey.

 

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