#FINDMEFRIDAY: The Boston Common Frog Pond

Congratulations to Casey Germain for being the first student to tweet a selfie (and share his skates!) from the November 17th #FindMeFriday location!


A bit about this week’s location:

The Frog Pond is located in the heart of the Boston Common, which is the oldest public park in the United States. The original Frog Pond was once a real pond that attracted real frogs, dating back to 1848. It was later transformed into a man-made pond, but in the 1970s, as a result of budget cuts and lack of maintenance, the Frog Pond fell into terrible disrepair for two decades. Fortunately, in 1995, the City dedicated funds to construct a new skating rink and handed over the maintenance to the Boston Common Frog Pond Association.

While there is no evidence of frogs taking advantage of this location any longer, thousands of residents and guests of Boston visit this site year round and enjoy a variety of activities.  In the summer, the Frog Pond is used as a spray pool for children (and for those who are children at heart) which usually opens in late June and is free to all. Next to the Frog Pond is a working carousel that usually begins moving in circles in April.  In the winter, the Frog Pond transforms into a skating rink that is open 7 days a week and for a nominal price, people can rent skates and enjoy ice skating in the middle of the great city of Boston. The Frog Pong opened for skating this past Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

There are several bronze statues of frogs, both located around the Frog Pong and in the neighboring playground cleverly names the Tadpole Playground, which was established in 2002. The two frogs highlighted in this week’s #FindMeFriday photo just happen to be my favorites. Word on the street is that their names are Tommy and Angelina, but I have not been able to confirm this information. I can confirm this is a wonderful location to visit, especially if winter is your season and skating is your sport!

Go see your City, my friends!