Parks Celebrates The Beginning Of The Citywide Ice Skating SeasonIMMEDIATE
Monday, October 22, 2007
Parks & Recreation kicked off the citywide ice skating season at the beginning of October with the opening of the Abe Stark, War Memorial, and The World’s Fair Ice Skating Rinks. In Central Park, Lasker Rink will open Saturday, Oct. 20, and Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park will tie up the celebration opening Wednesday, Nov. 21.
“The opening of the Parks’ skating rinks marks the beginning of winter festivities,” Commissioner Adrian Benepe said. “It’s time to put on your skates, grab a cup of hot chocolate and glide into the City’s seven skating rinks. We hope everyone will enjoy the city’s winter wonderland safely and often.”
Winter weather is right around the corner and Parks & Recreation encourages everyone to take advantage of winter activities and programs in the City’s parks, but also avoid skating on ice on lakes and ponds unless Parks announces that it is safe to do so. While water may appear frozen as the temperature drops, walking or skating on semisolid ice is extremely dangerous. The city’s rinks provide a safe way to enjoy the ice.
Along with general skating, the City’s rinks also offer skating lessons and hockey programs. For locations, hours of operation and fees associated with specific rinks please call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov/parks.
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Contact: Warner Johnston/Trish Bertuccio (212) 360-1311
Directions to Prospect Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
The Prospect Park Well House is under reconstruction in order to build a new composting latrine. The park remains open while the building gets reconstructed.
Anticipated Completion: Winter 2015
The Long Meadow Ballfields will be closed at Prospect Park for construction. The reconstruction of the Long Meadow Ballfields is a multi-phase project encompassing 34 acres of fields, paths and woodlands. The project incorporates contemporary storm water management techniques that support our goal of capturing and retaining storm water runoff. These improvements will also help to filter runoff before it enters our watercourse. Designed to revitalize the park’s sporting community, the first phase will restore Field One, pedestrian and bridle paths, drinking fountains, benches, and include new tree plantings.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2015
Prospect Park Weather
- Pop-Up Audubon: Leaf Litter Critters
- Pop-Up Audubon II: Animal Clues
- Freshwater Fishing
- Introduction to Bird Watching
- Spring Sprouts
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Great Trees
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Zoos and Aquariums
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