On a hot summer day, the Park is filled with thousands of skaters. While Central Park’s drives are the optimal setting for in-line and roller skating another popular area to skate in front of the Bandshell, just west of the Mall. For skate dancers and those who like to watch them this is a great spot to let loose. Feel the beat. Get Down. ….Get Up. Repeat.
Location: Park Drives: Circling the entire Park, the drives provide three long distance routes – 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles or 1.7 miles, or shorter distances if you cross the Park at a number of scenic locations.
When: One can skate in the Park at any time, but it is optimal when the drives are closed to traffic on Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 3:00pm, and 7:00pm to 7:00am, and weekends from 7:00pm Fridays to 7:00am Mondays. We do not recommend using the Park drives when they are open to traffic. Note that the Park is officially closed from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 am
Permit Requirement: No permit is required.
FYI : The law requires that children under 14 years of age wear helmets. Speed limits are strictly enforced on the drives.