c. Paul Martinka

LeFrak Center Kicks Off Spring Season

April 1, 2014

After decades of winter-only recreation at the former Wollman Rink, the new LeFrak Center at Lakeside will launch its first spring season, providing a year-round destination for Park visitors.

“The LeFrak Center has already proven itself to be an unparalleled success, with thousands taking to the ice to enjoy winter skating,” said James Snow, Acting President of the Prospect Park Alliance. “With the start of the warm weather, we look forward to introducing roller skating and other outdoor activities.”

After a brief period to transform its rinks, the center will become Brooklyn’s premier roller skating destination, and by Memorial Day, also provide for children’s water play. Thousands of Brooklynites will lace up their skates to take a few laps around the rink, and then grab a bite at the adjacent Bluestone Café.

As the spring blooms begin to bud, park visitors will notice the new native plantings throughout Lakeside, including the Chaim Baier Music Island and the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade. Thousands of square feet of parkland were added through this project, and trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants were carefully selected to reflect Brooklyn’s naturally occurring flora, including Sugar Maple, Winterberry and Appalachian Sedge.