Lakeside Year in Review
December marks a year since the opening of the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, one of the most ambitious projects in the Alliance’s history. It has become a cherished community destination, welcoming hundreds of thousands of Park visitors to enjoy ice skating, roller skating, water play, picnicking, and views of the scenic landscape. Take a look at some of the year's highlights, and submit your favorite moments to #lakesideprospectpark.
December 2013: Ribbon Cutting
On December 17, the Alliance, NYC Parks and Mayor Bloomberg officially cut the ribbon on the LeFrak Center at Lakeside. The $74 million, 26-acre project introduced year-round skating, water play and other amenities to the southeast corner of Prospect Park. In its first weekend, thousands came to enjoy skating on the Center’s two outdoor rinks.
March 2014: Members Chill Out
On March 7, the Prospect Park Alliance welcomed its members to a Chill Out at the LeFrak Center, where they enjoyed special tours, star gazing and hot chocolate.
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April 2014: Roller Skating Returns to Brooklyn
After decades of winter-only recreation at the former Wollman Rink, the LeFrak Center launched its first spring season with roller skating. This marked the return of roller skating to Brooklyn, as the Center became one of the only places in the borough to enjoy this retro sport. Fans flocked to the covered rink to make it one of the more popular attractions of the summer.
May 2014: Splash Pad Launches Summer Fun
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the LeFrak Center transformed its uncovered rink into the Park’s largest water play area for children. Free to the public, the water feature includes 41 jets that form clear streams of water that dance across the surface. Splash Pad proved to be an unequivocal hit, attracting tens of thousands of children and their families.
June 2014: Green into Gold
The LeFrak Center was awarded a Gold rating by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design, which incorporates recycled and locally sourced materials, and two green roofs that insulate the Center and save energy. Low-flow fixtures save over 200,000 gallons of water each year, while a rainwater cistern reduces runoff into the already overburdened city sewer system. The project also added three acres of new green space and wildlife habitats.
Summer 2014: Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco
Straight from the Coney Island boardwalk, Lola Star’s Dreamland Disco found a new home at the LeFrak Center and quickly became a summer mainstay. The Friday night events offered special Coney Island-esque performances and retro DJ sets—from Saturday Night Fever to Ziggy Stardust. Skaters were encouraged to come in costume and strut their roller dancing skills for prizes. Look for the series to start up again this coming summer.
LeFrak Center Honors
The LeFrak Center has not only won the heart of Brooklyn, but also some of the leading civic organizations. Among the honors were a MASterworks Award for Best Urban Amenity from the Municipal Art Society of New York and also an Award for Excellence in Design from the New York City Public Design Commission. On October 1, the Alliance celebrated this success at its annual Gala, which honored the LeFrak family for their commitment to the ongoing care of Lakeside.
November 2014: Curling Comes to Lakeside
With the start of its second ice skating season, the LeFrak Center added to its already popular slate of programs with the introduction of curling. Popular in New York in the mid-19th century, it has been enjoying a revival since being added to the Olympics in 1998. This is the first time it has been played in New York in more than a century.