Central Park‘s Lasker Rink and Pool will be getting a much-needed restoration and reconstruction along with the entire north end of the park. These improvements will include:
- Year-round programming and expanded recreational opportunities at the Harlem Meer
- Enhanced swimming and skating, including a new area for free-form skating on a lake in Central Park, a larger than Olympic-size pool, and a new outdoor spray pad
- A facility that is more integrated into the surrounding landscape, and provides Park users with year-round access to restrooms and amenities
- A boardwalk that travels through a series of small islands and a freshwater marsh
- Unhindered access across the north end of the Park — both by reconnecting the watercourse that runs through the Ravine so it flows freely into the Harlem Meer, and re-establishing the pedestrian path that once ran alongside it
On the Harlem Meer itself, a curved, wooden boardwalk will wrap around the islands and become an ice skating ribbon in the winter. A new open air pavilion on the shore of the Meer will be provide a meeting spot for all manner of aquatic activities – including canoeing! You can find out more here.
Central Park restoration plan for the North End. Rendering courtesy Central Park Conservancy
Rendering courtesy Central Park Conservancy
New view through Huddlestone Arch. Rendering courtesy Central Park Conservancy
View from atop the pool house. Rendering courtesy Central Park Conservancy.
Inside the pool house. Rendering courtesy Central Park Conservancy.
Future boardwalk on the Meer
Future boardwalk turned into skating ribbon on the Meer