Spring is around the corner, but you can still ice skate at several of NYC Parks' ice skating rinks for a few more weeks. Whether you are up for a skating lesson at the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park (open all year round) or ready to lace up and glide on out to an outdoor rink to spend a day with family or friends surrounded by the scent of pine trees -- and hot chocolate -- under a beautiful late winter sky, most city rinks remain open till the end of March or first week of April.
Who knows, maybe you'll spot an early yellow daffodil peeking through the snow banks as you sail around the rink?
In Manhattan, try the world-famous Wollman Rink near 63rd Street mid-park, which stays open seven days a week through April 7th. Call before you go at 212- 439-6900. With the Manhattan skyline as its dramatic backdrop, Wollman Rink is a favorite among New Yorkers and visitors alike. At the northern end of Central Park, near 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, check out beautiful Lasker Rink, open seven days a week through Sunday, March 23rd. Together, Wollman and Lasker Rinks draw over a quarter of a million people a year.
In Staten Island, you can still take a spin at World War II War Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink (718-760-9005) in Clove Lakes Park, near Victory Boulevard west of Clove Road. It's open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 30th.
In Brooklyn, the first season is well underway at Prospect Park's beautiful new LeFrak Center at Lakeside (212-661-6640) and ice skating runs through Sunday, March 23rd. To get to Lakeside, enter the park near the Parkside and Ocean Avenue. Come spring, ice skating changes to roller skating.
In Queens, head indoors all year round at the World Ice Arena (718-760-9005) near Avery Avenue and 131st Street in Flushing Meadows Corona Park for an unbeatable and energizing day with friends or family -- or perhaps an ice skating lesson for yourself. Ice skating has a long and impressive history in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. In 1939, the New York City Building, constructed for the World's Fair, offered ice shows. The building was also the site of an "Ice-Travaganza" during the 1964 World's Fair. In February, 2009, the World Ice Arena, an entirely new facility within the park, complete with NHL-standard indoor ice rink, opened its doors and now offers the public a broad array of ice rink activities, programs, and events for all ages and abilities.
Skate rentals, lockers, lessons, ice sports, warm snacks and beverages, beautiful views and good company, all await you at ice skating rinks in the last few weeks of winter in NYC Parks.
Wherever you choose to skate or sit back and enjoy the scene, make certain to call ahead and get details, because schedules and conditions are subject to change. Additional information can be found on the NYC Parks web site. Go to www.nyc.gov/parks and search ice skating.
Go Park! Go skate!
Charles Kloth is the Director of Concessions for NYC Parks