Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center I Chaim Baier Music Island and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade
Lakeside is the largest and most ambitious project in Prospect Park since the Park’s completion nearly 150 years ago, and part of the Prospect Park Alliance’s commitment to making a great park greater. Spanning more than 26 acres and designed to honor the original Olmsted and Vaux vision, this $74 million project restored and redesigned an underutilized section of the Park. It features the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade, and Chaim Baier Music Island.
Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside
Parking for Lakeside within the Park is under construction and expected to open in fall 2014. We encourage you to use public transportation.
The LeFrak Center at Lakeside provides the public with:
A skating pavilion with two rinks providing 32,000 square feet for seasonal ice skating, roller skating, and water play
15,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped viewing terraces
Year-round café with a seating area
Public programs, seasonal sports, classes, and event space
Entry to the LeFrak Center is free and open to the public. An admission fee is associated with skating and skating-related services.
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
All hours weather permitting.
Entry to the LeFrak Center, café, and restrooms is free.
Skating Rink Admission: $6/person weekdays, $8/person weekends and holidays
Free Admission (for children 12 and under): Mondays 3 – 6 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Skate Rental: $5
Seasonal and annual passes, group and non-profit rates, and helmet rentals and skate sharpening available.
Chaim Baier Music Island and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade at Lakeside
Following Olmsted and Vaux’s historic plan for Prospect Park and through extensive photographic research and analysis, Chaim Baier Music Island and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade have been restored to their original design.
Chaim Baier Music Island and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade restoration includes:
Five acres of the Lake excavated, turning Music Island into a wildlife habitat
Boulders, newly planted native trees, shrubs, and aquatic plants restore the soft edge of the extended Esplanade
Reconstructed granite Esplanade walls
A radial path system and lakeshore terrace in the Lower Concert Grove
Walkways and picnic areas with an open view of the recreated Music Island and the Lake