After a year of planning, Open Space Alliance (OSA), Parks Department and local elected officials officially the new rink at McCarren Pool.
The rink is located on top of the beach area, and is 60 feet wide and 120 feet long, giving up to 300 skaters 7,200-square-feet of skating surface.
The rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week from now through January. Admission will be $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Renting skates will cost an additional $5.
“OSA for North Brooklyn is thrilled to be launching McCarren Rink, which is sure to be a premier winter destination and new holiday tradition for New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Ed Janoff, executive director of OSA. “The amenities we’ve developed to accompany the rink, including a food vendor and outdoor programming, are designed to offer a wide range of recreation and family fun during the season.”
The rink opens one year after the pool, which has been closed since 1984. From 2005 until 2011 the pool was reclaimed as a space for outdoor concerts and events.
“The McCarren Rink is a wonderful addition to the North Brooklyn community, realizing the vision of winter-time programing that was designed as part of the pool renovation,” said Parks Commissioner Veronica White. “Along with the rink and the pool, McCarren’s Recreation Center, tennis courts, skate park and various other amenities make it a year-round hub for active recreation.”
NY1 news anchor and Brooklyn resident Pat Kiernan laced up his skates on Friday and took to the ice.
“This is going to be a great asset for the neighborhood and I’m excited to be so close,” he said. “Remember that when you pay the admission it’s underwriting the cost of all of this and the great work the OSA is doing with our neighborhood parks.”