Completed in 2013, Prospect Park Lakeside Center includes two new state-of-the-art ice rinks and new public amenities that meet the needs of the local community.
In December 2010, ground was broken on the new Prospect Park Lakeside Center which will replace Wollman ice rink facility in Brooklyn. Wollman rink was constructed in 1960 and has served the public for nearly 50 years. Located in the southeast quadrant of Prospect Park, Wollman provides approximately 26,000 square feet of ice surface. Due to the aging and physical deterioration of the ice rink and existing support building, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the Prospect Park Alliance decided to replace the existing facility with a new rink facility that provides state-of-the-art enhanced public amenities, in order to support program demands. The new rinks and facility is located adjacent to Wollman and replace the winter-only ice rink with year-round facilities.
Lakeside Center was designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The overall vision of Lakeside Center includes two new multi-function, open-air rinks providing a total of approximately 32,000 square feet of ice surface. During the summer, one of the rinks is used for roller-skating and the other for children's water play; in the winter, the rinks are used for hockey, figure skating, and recreational skating. Two new support buildings, set into the Park's topography,house public amenities including a skate rental and changing area, lockers, a kitchen and cafe, gift shop, multi-function rooms serving as party rooms and educational classrooms, and public restrooms. The new support buildings have a green-roof and will seek a minimum LEED Silver certification.
About Prospect Park Alliance
In partnership with the City of New York and the community, the Prospect Park Alliance restores, develops and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design and serving the public through facilities and new programs. The Prospect Park Alliance was formed in 1987 to restore the Park after years of budget cuts and a steady deterioration of both its natural areas and usage. By supplementing the Park's basic operating budget with private funds, the Alliance has initiated a large array of capital projects and community programs. It has boosted public awareness of the crucial role parks play in the urban environment, while gaining support from donors and volunteers for the restoration projects that have brought Prospect park back to prominence.
The Alliance's efforts combined with the support of many business partners, private donors, and Alliance members, have increased use of the Park by 300%, while making critical improvements to its fragile ecosystem and preserving its historic and architectural treasures.
Find more information on the Lakeside Center project on the Prospect Park Alliance website.