AVON-BY-THE-SEA — The Avon Pond will be assembled this Saturday, Dec. 2, and residents are invited to volunteer for the annual ritual.
The rink will be unloaded from storage and pieces separated from various trucks, said Pond Administrator John O’Malley.
Volunteers are asked to arrive at Volunteer Park in Avon at 9 a.m. Mr. O’Malley expects the pond will take about four hours to put together.
“We lay out pieces on the ground, get the site organized, clean up the grounds [and] get the whole place in shape for the next phase of becoming operational,” he said.
Volunteers will be supervised and supplied with gloves and coffee to keep warm.
In the past, Mr. O’Malley has had about 50 to 75 volunteers help the job run smoothly and he hopes for the same help this year.
John Dahl, an annual volunteer from Point Pleasant Borough, contributes a lull telescopic hydraulic lift to aid in moving equipment, along with Belmar resident Dave Kinsel, of North End Builders, who supplies useful equipment as well as expertise.
Frank Lurch, of Frank Lurch Demolition Co., provides tractors to assist in moving trailers in which the rink equipment is stored.
Mr. O’Malley is also expecting the St. Rose High School ice hockey team, who have volunteered in the past.
“It’s a fun day and the community comes, everyone shows up and puts the gloves on and we laugh and move all the stuff around and then we go to D’Arcy’s and eat lunch.”
Badges for the rink will be on sale Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the rear of Borough Hall.
Badges cost $40 for the season and checks can be made payable to The Borough of Avon-By-The-Sea.
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