Chris Cook is Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department

I recently joined Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston residents and City officials at Dorchester’s Garvey Park to celebrate the unveiling of the renovated John and Ann O’Sullivan Memorial Street hockey rink. The state-of-the-art street hockey facility is named for the late parents of the well-known O’Sullivan Neponset hockey family, who strongly valued sports education, family and community. Building on their legacy, the renovated facility and expanded programming will encourage children to grasp important skills about sportsmanship, competition and physical education.

Garvey Park is such a special part of the Dorchester community where children play baseball, basketball and hockey all year round. The renovated rink is a step in the right direction to making recreation more accessible in our public parks. The facility, which was made possible through funding from The Coca-Cola Company and a partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, builds on our commitment to improving parks in Dorchester and throughout Boston.

The restored rink will remain open to the public and will allow for additional permitted activity, including hockey clinics, tournaments and family fitness programs. Specifically, funding from Coca-Cola will help bring Troops for Fitness activities to the park.  

Since becoming the Commissioner of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department back in February 2014, it has been a tremendous pleasure to be a part of special partnerships such as this one. With the support of our corporate partners, we are helping transform our park systems to develop new spaces for community members to come together, feel safe and remain healthy and active.