World Ice Arena (Flushing Meadows Ice Skating Rink)
Type: Ice Skating Rink
Location: Flushing Meadows Park Perimeter Road between the Pitch & Putt and the Fountain of the Planets, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, home of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair, the 110,00 square foot World Ice Arena and Swimming Pool Complex, is situated on the edge of the Park and acts as a transition between the neighborhood and the open green space.
Inspired by the World Fair Pavilions, a cable supported canopy roof is suspended over the ice skating rink. Designed as part of the 2012 Olympic Bid, the design allows for the walls running the length of the facility to potentially be removed for expansion to a larger venue with a bleacher structure. Like the construction of the Works Progress Administration era, simple materials are used to create this stunning architecture. In this case, pre-cast concrete panels are punctuated with color glass tile to create the exterior and a three story glass lobby provides a dramatic introduction to the building.
The World Ice Arena features a full-size, 17,000 square foot ice rink surface with ceiling heights between 40 and 60 feet. The ice rink and pool complex is the largest recreational facility ever built in a New York City Park and serves as a year-round complex for competitive and recreational skaters.
The World Ice Arena is open every day for Public Skating as well as a wide variety of ice skating activity.
Monday to Friday:
Public Skating begins at 9AM and ends at 5:20 PM
Saturday and Sunday:
Public Skating begins at 12 noon and ends at 4:50 PM
Evening Skating Sessions:
Friday Evening session begins at 7PM and ends at 9:50 PM
Saturday Evening session begins at 8PM and ends at 9:50 PM
The World Ice Arena is also home to the Catholic High School Hockey League, Flushing Speed Skating Club, the Ice Theatre of New York, NYC Womenâ€™s Hockey League, Sled Hockey of New York, Team Image Synchronized Skating Club, The World Ice Skating School, The World Ice Skate Shop, and the always popular, World Ice CafÃ©.
World Ice is just a 10 minute walk from the Number 7 Line to CitiField, the USTA and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Phone: (718) 760-9001
Contract Start: 2/7/2009
Contract End: 2/6/2029