An Ice Gesture

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Westford Police Lt. Brian Gendron is off to an ice start as the department’s Community Events coordinator. He is spearheading the construction of an ice-skating rink at Good Pickin’ Farm at 5 Gould Road. The project is a joint venture between WPD, Westford Fire Department and the staff at the 85 acre historic farm.

Built primarily by officers from WPD who volunteer their time and skills, the 90 X 33 foot ice rink is scheduled to open at first freeze. Gendron hopes to get the department and the officers more engaged with the community they serve, starting with the rink, which will be open to all families from Westford. “Our mission is to build partnerships with civic organizations and build relationships with our community members,” he said.

No date has been announced for the launch as the weather must also get in on the collaboration. Follow Westford CAT for updates on the opening. WFD will add the most important ingredient; water, once the barriers are solid and the freeze arrives.

But when blades start gliding Gendron plans to include a “learn-to-skate” program for Westford’s youth. This aspect is an extension of one tenet of Good Pickin’s overall mission; to provide “a place where children could learn by doing,” said co-owner Sandra Habe.
“This fits into our overall philosophy of interacting with the community that we are part of.”

Beyond the skating rink, Gendron’s plan is to continue with the community engagement efforts throughout the year. He envisions events like summer movie nights and youth safety programs along with other outdoor initiatives. A website dedicated strictly to the Community Events Team is also in the near future, from which Gendron can announce his plans and also hear ideas and feedback from residents.