The Heights – Independent Student Newspaper of Boston College
Boston, MA – December 12, 2013
John Schaub, the general manager of the Frog Pond, has been working at the Boston Common for three years. Situated in the heart of Boston, the Boston Common Frog Pond is open this winter for another season full of holiday fun. Thousands of Bostonians, tourists, students, and skating enthusiasts fill the Frog Pond rink at the northern end of Boston Common each winter, as the reflecting pool of water in the summer is transformed into an ice skating rink in the winter.
Since its opening in 1996, the Frog Pond operates as a public and private skating rink and is run by a staff that maintains the rink so skaters can enjoy the outdoors in Boston Common.
“It’s a magical place to be during the winter season,” Schaub said.
Schaub’s job, managing the maintenance of an outdoor rink in the city of Boston, is no easy task. “I oversee the whole operation from rink maintenance, to staffing and the payroll,” Schaub said. While there are managers on duty that work shifts, Schaub oversees the quality of the ice.