Skates dead! McCarren Park to lose its rink

Hey, that’s an ice sled you’ve got there!
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

McCarren Park Pool’s ice is on ice.

The city and the Open Space Alliance cancelled the McCarren Park ice rink for this coming winter, citing lukewarm interest in the wintertime pastime.

Not many people actually showed up to skate, said the city, despite some initial excitement about the neighborhood ice rink.

“Due to limited use during the past two season, NYC parks and OSA mutually agreed to discontinue this concession,” said city spokeswoman Maeri Ferguson.

The city first planned to ice down a space over the top of the McCarren Park Pool three winters ago, but the OSA failed to get the contract and equipment in place in time in the chaos that ensued after former executive director Stephanie Thayer stepped down. It finally opened in the 2013–2014 season, but it only stayed open from mid-November until early January. In contrast, the outdoor rink at Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center is open mid-November through late February. That rink will still be open this year.

The city said it will put out a request to see if anyone is interested in making a McCarren Park ice skating rink work in future cold seasons.

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