Skating on Stevens Pond

By Terry Economy | Jan 22, 2012

In Rockland's South End, there was a skating area called Stevens Pond, on Thomaston and Lovejoy streets. During the 1940s and early 1950s it was the place during winter to go skating. Most young people in that area learned to skate and meet old and new friends there.

You started with double-runner skates and graduated to single-blade skates. Hockey was not popular in those days but speed games and tag were. At night, a huge bonfire and music from a speaker sound system were provided. The best and faster skaters were admired. For us regular guys who were just fair, brook skating or sliding from Stevens Pond was most fun.

A brook artery ran from Stevens Pond across Holmes Street, along Franklin Street, across Pleasant Street, under the MCRR rail yard, then across Park, Grace and Masonic streets. The outlet was at the corner of Limerock and White streets near St. Peter's Church. The brook network during winter was to some, daring. Dark in some places where a flashlight, candle or match was needed for sight because you never knew whom you would meet.

Under the rail yard, the rumbling of trains above would give vibrations of thunder. A lot of people did not know what fun brook skating or sliding provided, but for us who experienced it, the memory will always make you smile.

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