One Section of Central Park Is Getting a Full Makeover - NBC New York

One Section of Central Park Is Getting a Full Makeover

There are plans for a whole new facility and pool, splash pad, seasonal ice rink and a boardwalk in the Harlem Meer that converts to an ice-skating ribbon in winter

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    Northern Part of Central Park Getting a Makeover

    The part of the park near the Harlem Meer and Lasker Pool will be getting a whole new look. Renovations are slated to begin in 2021, and be completed by summer 2024. NBC New York's Natalie Pasquarella reports.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019)

    What to Know

    • The area around Lasker Rink and Pool, just below the 11-acre Harlem Meer in Central Park’s north end, will be getting a whole new look

    • The revisioning of the area includes replacing the Lasker Pool with a new, year-round facility more integrated into the surrounding area

    • There are also plans for a new pool, splash pad, seasonal ice rink and a boardwalk in the Harlem Meer that converts to an ice-skating ribbon

    A part of Central Park that hasn’t changed much since the Lyndon Johnson administration is about to get a facelift.

    The area around Lasker Rink and Pool, just below the 11-acre Harlem Meer in the park’s north end, will be getting a whole new look as the Central Park Conservancy unveiled plans on Wednesday for massive renovations slated to be the largest project in the group’s history.

    The revisioning of the area includes replacing the Lasker Pool — with its aging structure beyond repair — with a new facility more integrated into the surrounding greenspace. The goal is to build a place that can be used by visitors year-round and allows for better access to the north end of Central Park between the North Woods and Harlem Meer, the group says.

    In addition to the new facility, there are plans for a new pool and outdoor splash pad, a seasonal ice rink and a boardwalk in the Harlem Meer that converts to a skating ribbon in winter, which can be access from an open-air pavilion on the shoreline.

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    The group also aims to restore the waterway that runs from the Ravine into the Meer, which currently goes underground once it hits Lasker Pool.

    The project is slated to cost $150 million, according to the Conservancy, $50 million of which will come from the city.

    Once the renovations are complete, a slate of year-round recreational activities and programs, such as boating, fishing, nature walks and wildlife observation, will be available to the public, the Conservancy said.

    The project is slated to begin in spring 2021 and finish up in time for the pool season of 2024.

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