Lasker Ice Rink in Central Park.
Lasker Pool & Rink is a dual-purpose rink facility, located at the north end of Central Park, near Harlem Meer. It’s used as a swimming pool in the summer and a skating and hockey rink during the winter months. It’s also home to Central Park Ice Hockey and the Hawks. The rink was constructed in 1966 and named for Loula Davis Lasker, a philanthropist and the daughter of a German immigrant.
Events and Public Sessions
Located between 106th and 108th Streets in the middle of the iconic park, it’s used as a pool from July 1st until Labor Day in September, and as a skating party between October and April. Either way, it’s open 7 days a week and offers plenty of entertainment for people of all ages and abilities.
During the warmer months, visitors can spend their time in a wading pool or the Olympic pool. It’s free and provides a deck area, lockers, and a concession stand. Even if you don’t know how to swim, the organization also has a series of free programming like swim lessons and lap swimming.
During the winter months, the recreational site transforms into an ice rink, which is open for public use and events, as well as hockey matches and various other programs. They also provide lock and skate rentals and offer exclusive and non-exclusive arena rentals, including school parties and personal celebrations.
Programs, Practices, and Classes
Lasker Rink is home to New York City’s only all-girl hockey team The Lady Hawks, as well as the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), and sled or sledge hockey. It’s also a great place to learn how to skate or play hockey with certified instructors from the Lasker Rink Skating School. This includes both children aged 4 and up and adults, as well as private and group lessons. Class size ranges from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 10 participants, depending on the level.
Visiting Lasker Pool & Rink
Lasker Pool & Rink is regarded as less crowded and more economical than Wollman Rink for it is farther from the prime Midtown location. Public session hours vary by day, so make sure you check their opening times on the official site.
Location: In Central Park between 106th and 108th Streets. The closest street entrance is 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, New York, NY
Click here to visit Lasker Pool & Rink official website.