MARLBOROUGH – Street hockey players won’t have to go to Hudson or Leominster to find a Dek rink.
Come this spring, there will be a new rink at Ghiloni Park.
“It looks like a regular rink, but it will be for street hockey,” said City Engineer Tom DePersio.
Instead of skates and pucks, street hockey is played with sneakers, tennis balls, knee pads, gloves and a plastic-blade stick.
It’s also known as “Dek” hockey, for the materials used for the surfaces.
“I had discussed this project with Bobby Butler prior to COVID, and the city is now able to get this project done,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant. “I think our youth will get a lot of enjoyment out of the Dek hockey rink.”
Butler is a resident and Marlborough High alum who played for several teams in the National Hockey League, including the Ottawa Senators. He is currently playing for the Worcester Railers.
The rink is scheduled to be ready this spring.
“We’ve really lucked out on the weather,” he said.
The project is a collaboration between the Recreation Department and the mayor’s office.