The following is a press release from Boston Parks and Recreation:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak, The Skating Club of Boston president Joe Blount and The Skating Club of Boston are pleased to welcome children and guests to kick off the 2012 summer season as the Boston Common Frog Pond reopens on Wednesday, June 27. The day will include a fun and exciting celebration at 11 a.m. followed by the opening of the wading pool immediately after the ceremony.
“The Frog Pond provides kids with a great place in the heart of the city to meet other youngsters and cool down in the heat of a New England summer,” said Mayor Menino.
In addition to activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., information regarding upcoming summer programs offered by the City of Boston and the Boston Health Commission’s “Boston Moves for Health” initiative will be available to families and residents and tasty treats will be provided by in-kind sponsors H.P. Hood LLC, Nantucket Nectars, Snapple, and the original Boston Frosty.
The celebration will feature a special visit from official mascot Frog Pond Freddie, entertainment, arts and crafts activities, Fuel Up to Play 60 program activities featuring Hood Milk, face painting, ReadBoston book giveaways, and activities and giveaways from media sponsor Mix 104.1. Children of all ages are eligible to enter a summer raffle for a chance to win great prizes.
Families will also be able to enjoy a ride on the Boston Common Carousel. The Carousel is handicapped accessible and has height requirements: anyone 42” or taller can ride alone; anyone under 42” requires the presence of an adult. Admission for the ride is $3 with 10 ticket strips available for $25. Hours of operation will be Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
A year-round recreational facility, the Frog Pond offers ice skating in the winter, a spray pool and supervised wading for youngsters in the summer, and the Carousel from spring through fall. Information on additional activities offered at the Frog Pond can be found by visiting www.bostonfrogpond.com. Visitors can also hop over to the Frog Pond Cafe to enjoy refreshments such as sandwiches, salads, hot dogs, hamburgers, frozen soft serve yogurt and shakes, and more.
The Frog Pond spray pool is open for wading daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Labor Day. The facility is managed by The Skating Club of Boston and staffed by youth workers from the Boston Youth Fund. For further information, please call the Frog Pond at (617) 635-2120.