Skates dead! McCarren Park to lose its rink

Kids will no longer be able to slip-slide their time away at the McCarren Park ice skating rink, because it is not coming back.
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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.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
The only time the Community Board was right about anything was when at some January meeting the Open Space Alliance came and reported that they had a successful ice skating season and it was now closed. And the Community Board erupted in disbelief that a skating rink would be closed for the season in mid January.

Why did the OSA guy say they had a successful skating season?
May 15, 2015, 6:25 am
OSA Audit from Greenpoint says:
Someone needs to Audit them. What do they spend their money on? Where does it all go? What do they actually do?

Should this group be allowed to run North Brooklyn parks.
May 15, 2015, 8:23 am
Gerhard from the bronze medal duo, Gertrude and Gerhard says:
Very short season high admission fee = "lukewarm interest" Gertie and I no longer compete or even perform in Ice Capades but we still skate regularly. We talked about going up to Greenpoint but it was too expensive, and then the season was over.
May 15, 2015, 9:06 am
Tonya Harding from Oregon says:
I will be happy to come there are put some pressure on them to open the skating rink if the people of Brooklyn request it.
May 15, 2015, 10:08 am
Rose from Greenpoint says:
Auditing the OSA is one of the best ideas I have ever heard. They really never ever have their act together. They can't keep the parks clean, for one - and this is THEIR MAIN JOB. The skating rink was nice to have, but closed too soon, didn't take advantage of selling good food or hot chocolate to make $$$ and this organization should be disbanded for failing to complete the most basic of jobs.
May 15, 2015, 11:12 am
fifi says:
It's not an organization it's a racket.
May 15, 2015, 2:11 pm
Gerhard says:
Tonya! Great that you chimed in! You never call anymore. Text me! Gertie says hi.
May 15, 2015, 4:19 pm
Ian from Williamsburg says:
Guys, your parks department maintains your parks. Because the parks department budget and maintenance are anemic and they do such a poor job, local neighbors have stepped up to make charitable donations to supplement services through OSA. They need more funding too. It's troubling to see your passive expectations and critique because the only way to fix these issues is to step up by donating or volunteering.
May 16, 2015, 12:49 pm
To Ian from Greenpoint says:
Osa needs explain where all their money goes. Does it go to their staff or to the parks.
May 17, 2015, 9:31 am
Ian from Williamsburg says:
Rose, do some research before ranting on message boards. This is a private non profit and they publicly present their audited financials.

In 2013, the city charged OSA a management fee of $109k and expenses we're $311k for a total expense of $420k. Admission revenue was only $251k. That's why they're discontinuing the rink. If your furious, have the city remove the fee and it almost breaks even.
May 17, 2015, 10:12 am
emmaseea says:
Budgets for parks should be increased. What is the expanded tax base (due to local, rapid gentrification) funding anyway? It should pay for park upkeep, not for ice rinks that so few people had the opportunity to enjoy. As for volunteering and donating to OSA, forget about it. They make a lot of money with the concerts they put on. What are they spending those profits on? They should keep our parks in better shape with that money.
May 17, 2015, 12:59 pm
Ian from Williamsburg says:
You guys clearly don't understand that the government parks department maintains the parks and this charitable non profit (OSA) uses generous donations and events revenues (concerts) to try to alleviate the city's shoddy underfunded maintenance. If you feel that OSA does a poor job, I challenge you to attempt to launch a better non profit, raise cash from private donors better and supplement tthe city's poor maintenenace to the level you desire. Sounds like a tall task, but I'm sure it's easier to throw stones in this forum.
May 17, 2015, 2:29 pm
Nai from williamsburg says:
Adam, Adam Partlmutter, your little group should definitely be doing a better job of grass roots fundraising and less events programming. Those concerts really ruin peaceful evenings in the summer.
May 18, 2015, 5:19 pm
Marcy says:
It's too bad that OSA doesn't do regular fundraising the old fashioned way. With so many big new developments going up why aren't they hitting them up for money? Why wouldn't they hit up the Turkey's Nest, who probably send at least a quarter of a million dollars worth of (illegal) to go frozen margaritas into the park every summer.
May 25, 2015, 5:55 pm

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