Located at 59th Street and 6th Avenue, within Central Park, Wollman Rink has been around since 1949! Though it was formerly operated by the Trump Organization, the city terminated all contracts with them last year.
As of November 2021, the rink is being managed by the newly established Wollman Park Partners LLC (WPP), who will be operating the rink for the next four years.
The new operators feel strongly about reinvesting in the community and making sure the rink is a welcoming place for all, which includes (as shared in a prior press release):
- Not seeking or accepting any of the profit from operating Wollman Rink NYC. Any net proceeds generated during the concession term will be reinvested in the facility, and through community partners providing services at Wollman Rink NYC
- Introducing skating to a more diverse audience, particularly children and families from underserved and marginalized communities
- Offering a platform for members to enjoy and experience an iconic institution that they might not have been able to otherwise
Some wonderful reconstructions and renovations–including the Wollman Café–were unveiled two years ago, and could be seen at the amazing roller DiscOasis the rink turned into last summer.
Now, the ice season has made its return.
As in years past, those who visit on opening day are able to take advantage of free skating (including skate rental), in addition to entertaining programming showcasing professional skaters, Broadway performers and local DJs.
Through March 12, ticketed entry has resumed as per usual. Wollman Rink also offers private sessions and classes like figure skating and ice dance, and offer season passes (more to come on that soon).
Wollman Rink is open as follows: 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
All are welcome to hit the ice for $15 to $37 for adults, depending on date of entry, and $10 for children and seniors. Skates will be available to rent as well for $11! Find out more info on their website here.
Also published on Medium.