PAL Skating Rink Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Longtime residents think of it as the “new” skating rink.

Newcomers assume it’s been here forever.

In fact, this year the Westport Police Athletic Rink at Longshore celebrates its 25th anniversary.

That’s right. Every winter since 1997 — with support from Westport’s Parks & Recreation Department — the PAL has operated one of the town’s best family (and solo) activities (and bargains).

Skating at the Longshore PAL rink. (Photo/Michael Wisner)

That first year, a small rink was set up in the parking lot next to the Longshore Inn.

But — thanks to generous donors, and a huge demand for wholesome, fun outdoor entertainment — a larger rink was purchased.

The rink is a magnet for all ages.

In its 5th year, the rink was expanded to its current size: 75 feet by 144 feet.

The rink is versatile. In addition to public skating, lessons and private party rentals, it’s also used by area hockey teams.

Hockey at the Longshore PAL rink. (Photos/Larry Untermeyer)

For lesson information, call 203-341-5090. For party and event info, email wpalrinkparty@gmail.com. For the rink’s website, click here.

Of course, the rink is not the only PAL project. Established in 1948, they run youth programs in football, cheer, basketball, rugby, wrestling, lacrosse and track and field.

The PAL awards annual scholarships too.

And of course, they do all the heavy lifting for Westport’s annual July 4th fireworks show.

This week though — with the opening of the 25th Longshore skating season — the focus is on the PAL’s rink.

Everyone has a favorite PAL skating rink story. Click “Comments” below to share yours.

Longtime Longshoroe PAL Rink manager ony Lantier.

2 responses to “PAL Skating Rink Celebrates Silver Anniversary

  1. When the Westport bowling lanes were opened around 1958, PAL sponsored free youth bowling leagues every Saturday morning. And the ice skating was done at Nash’es Pond (I think that was the name) off of Sturgis Highway, at least by the Burr Farms students.

  2. We hosted our daughter and son in law’s engagement party at the rink. He had been a hockey player so it was perfect. It even started lightly snowing. It was magical. Everyone loved it. There was a party afterwards at our house, too, so, if people did not want to skate, that was fine too.

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