Unsung Heroes #83

The Westport PAL Rink at Longshore doesn’t get a lot of press.

But every winter for over 20 years — quietly, efficiently, and very, very joyfully — the outdoor skating center just a few feet from Long Island Sound has provided thousands of kids and adults of all abilities (and none) with hours of good fun, and a lifetime of memories.

It’s not easy keeping an ice rink going — especially one without a roof. There’s ice to groom (and remove snow from). There’s the weather — sometimes too cold, sometimes too warm.

There are schedules to make (and adhere to), lessons to give, parties to help out with, reckless teenagers and worried parents to tend to.

The Westport Rink at Longshore. (Photo/Michael Winser)

I can’t imagine how the PAL Rink staff does it. But they do — and they do it in a way that makes it all seem easy. They smile often, extend helping hands when needed, and create a warm environment on even the coldest nights.

So to longtime manager Tony Lantier and his loyal, hard-working and often-overlooked crew: Thank you! You are our deeply appreciated yet Unsung Heroes of the week.

Manager Tony Lantier, at his rink.

5 responses to “Unsung Heroes #83

  1. I haven’t been able to skate in a long time but I still think this is one of the true jewels of Westport (and an example of one of the major improvements over days of yore).

  2. Tony and his crew do a great job year after year. We are so lucky to have the rink in Westport!

  3. Tony is the very best!

  4. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Excellent choice. Definitely an improvement over my time. We just found local ponds and skated with the acceptance of those who owned the property……..bumps, ruts, etc.