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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

Visit lakesidebrooklyn.com for more
information about the LeFrak Center, or contact
info@lakesidebrooklyn.com or (718) 462-0010

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 restrooms
  • 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.

Roller Skating at the Center starts April 12. Water Play opens on Memorial Day.

Visit lakesidebrooklyn.com for the most up-to-date information about LeFrak skating and programs.

Holiday Hours: April 12 –  22



Bluestone Café

Monday – Thursday

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.     


Friday & Saturday

10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

12 – 10 p.m.


10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

12 – 8 p.m.

Regular Hours: Starting April 23



Bluestone Café

Monday – Thursday

2 – 6 p.m.



2 – 10 p.m.

12 – 10 p.m.


10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

12 – 10 p.m.


10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

12 – 6:30 p.m.

Skating & Rentals Prices

  • Skating rink admission: $6 (Monday – Thursday) and $8 (Friday – Sunday and holidays)
  • Skate rentals: $6 per person + tax
  • Every Monday (excluding school holidays), children 12 and under receive free rink admission from 2 – 6 p.m. for unlimited skating if accompanied by an adult; the $6 skate rental charge applies

Classes & Programs

For more information on classes and programs, please contact
(718) 462-0090 or skate@lakesidebrooklyn.com.

  • Roller Skating Beginner Classes (all ages)
    Saturday and Sundays, 9:30 –10 a.m.
    Starting April 26. Runs for 4 weeks. 
  • Roller Hockey
    • Youth Clinic: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
      Starting April 22. Runs for 5 weeks.  
    • Adult Clinic: Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10 p.m.
      Starting April 22. Runs for 5 weeks.
  • Roller Derby/Learn to Skate Beginner Class (open to all levels, women and men 18+).  
    Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Starting May 7. Runs for 8 weeks.
  • Toddler Tuesdays (toddlers ages 2 – 4 and their caregivers).
    Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Instructor-led activities, 10 – 11a.m. Drop-in class; snack included. Starting May 6.


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

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