Loring Arena operates as a seasonal facility to this day, and consistently rates as one of the premier ice surfaces in the state. The season currently runs from just after Labor Day through the middle of April. Arena facilities include a full service skate shop and snack bar. Loring Arena is adjacent to Longs Athletic Complex and Jospeh P. Keefe Technical School.
History of the Facility
Loring Arena is the City of Framingham owned skating facility, operated by the Division of Parks Recreation and Cultural Affairs. Loring opened in November of 1963 as a seasonally operated facility, and one of the first municipally owned arenas in the area. Funding for Loring is a combination of Town appropriations and user fees. It is managed toward the mission statement below.
It is the mission of Loring Arena (and everyone associated with the arena) to contribute to the overall recreational program of the City of Framingham, by providing for the varied skating needs of the community. It is our goal to have Loring Arena serve as a source of pride to the community, while passing on as little cost to the Town as possible.
Using the Arena
Currently Loring Arena provides safe, stable and reliable skating services to area residents with regularly scheduled public skating and stick time that is open to all. In addition, the arena supports multiple local user groups including Framingham Youth Hockey, Framingham High School boys and girls hockey, Framingham Middle School boys and girls hockey, Framingham Parks and Recreation programs, Holliston High School, Framingham State College, Ashland High School, and multiple user groups. Ice time is scheduled to maximally achieve the mission statement and provide a balance among the many skating interests.