Brooklyn skaters rejoice after years of trekking long distances for a little pond shredding

McCarren, Prospect Park ice-skating rinks set to open this winter

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Sharpen your skates.

Ice-skating rinks are coming to two Brooklyn parks this winter, to the relief of borough skaters frustrated by delays that melted their prospects last year.

The McCarren Park pool and the replacement for Prospect Park’s Wollman rink will both open in mid-December, officials say. Both projects failed to open last year due to money troubles and construction delays, forcing the skaters of Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and brownstone Brooklyn to trek long distances to practice their triple salchows.

“Everything is moving forward,” said Parks Department spokesman Philip Abramson about the McCarren pool rink.

The Parks Department picked a vendor to set up the rink in hopes of avoiding a repeat of last winter, when the McCarren plan cratered after the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn, which had fought for the rink, let a crucial deadline pass then decided that it would be too expensive.

The McCarren rink and Prospect Park’s skating facility at the long-delayed Lakeside Center will end a three-year ice drought that has been H-E-double-hockeysticks for borough skate enthusiasts, who have had to go as far as Aviator Field in Mill Basin, Abe Stark Arena in Coney Island, and even Manhattan to get their glide on. The $74-million replacement for the Wollman rink had been scheduled to partially open in late 2012 but plans for a temporary stand-in rink veered off-track, leaving the skating complex on ice. Rink construction is not finished and the Prospect Park Alliance is still negotiating with a vendor, but the complex, which will have an indoor and an outdoor rink, is really opening this time, according to alliance spokesman Paul Nelson.

News of the openings was music to the ears of borough residents itching to strap on some skates.

“It’s something that the community has wanted to see happen for a while,” Greenpointer Ryan Watson said.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

boof from brooklyn says:
Best usage of "H-E double hockeysticks" in recent memory.
Aug. 12, 2013, 11:29 am
vintagejames from madison says:
Hope it never opens in Prospect Park. The so-called music they blast over the park makes it unusable for people seeking peace and quiet in a park. This thing should be in Coney Island or something similar, not a park.
Aug. 12, 2013, 12:25 pm
ty from pps says:
I hope that terrible terrible plan for a parking lot in the middle of the park (on Breeze Hill) has fallen to by the wayside....

though, I haven't been there in about a month, I have a feeling they are progressing with that dumb plan.
Aug. 12, 2013, 2:12 pm
JAY from NYC says:
74 million and three years for a slab of concrete, the MTA must be in charge of this boondoggle
Aug. 12, 2013, 5:26 pm
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
All I really have needed to know I learned back in 1956-57, in Miss Pruzan's kindergarten class at P.S. 244 (Tilden Avenue & East 54th Street). It was there that we learned a song, "Ice Skating is Nice Skating."

It went like this:

Ice skating is nice skating,
but here's some advice
about ice skating.

Never skate where the ice is thin,
thin ice can crack and you'll fall right in,
and come out with icicles under your chin,
if you skate where the ice is thin.
Aug. 13, 2013, 5:25 pm
Jade from Kensington says:
As someone who has skated at Prospect Park since I was a child of eight years, I am now sixty, I am elated! Hurray for the community! Now other little eight year old little girls can grow to love and appreciate the fine art of figure skating as I have done throught out my life- Thank you!
~Still Skating After All This Time~
Sept. 19, 2013, 1:47 pm
Ruthgee from Here says:
Great song Ice Skating is Nice Skating
Dec. 18, 2015, 2:38 pm

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