No you aren’t hallucinating if you see a hockey rink with a full set of boards at Watertown’s Casey Park.The Southside park has nearly completed a major overhaul, which included resurfacing the basketball and tennis courts, new lights and installation of a street hockey rink. Come winter, a sheet of ice can be laid down on the rink so people can skate and play ice hockey.
“We had three tennis courts but they were unusable – they were underwater when it rained,” Centola said.
Two of the tennis courts were improved and the third was turned into the new rink. Players can jump on the concrete or ice through a door in the boards, and sit on benches along the side of the rink. Instead of plexiglass like you would see at the TD Garden, a black chain link fence sits on top of the board to keep the ball or puck inside the playing area.
The much used basketball courts got a fresh surface and some new lights. The baseball field at the park also got some upgrades, and there are some new parking spots.
Centola had hoped to have the project finished last fall so the rink could be used in the winter, but it did not work out.
“It just game in too high and we had to rebid it,” Centola said.
The last few touches have to be made to the new features of the park, but Centola said it could be game on this week.