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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 Lakeside Brooklyn 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.

Visit Lakeside Brooklyn for the most up-to-date information about LeFrak skating and programs.


Skating Hours: 




Tuesday – Thursday

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


11 a.m. – 8 p.m.


10 a.m. – 9 p.m.


10 a.m. – 6 p.m.



Skating & Rentals Prices

  • Skating rink admission: $6 (Monday – Friday) and $8 (weekends and holidays)
  • Skate rentals: $6 per person

Ice Skating Season Pass

Enjoy free ice skating admission, skate rentals, discounts at Bluestone Café and a variety of other valuable and other money-saving perks with an Ice Skating Season Pass. Learn more about ice skating season passes

Skating Classes & Programs

Learn the basics of ice skating, ice hockey or curling or take your skills to the next level at Lakeside’s Skate School, begining early November. Learn more

Pedal Boat & Bike Rentals

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside will offer pedal boat and bike rentals in Spring 2015. Please visit Lakeside Brooklyn for more information.

Bluestone Café Hours

Wednesday – Thursday

12 – 6 p.m.


12 – 8 p.m.


12 – 9 p.m


12 – 6 p.m.

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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