More details on the McCarren Park ice-skating rink

The massive public pool will open as an ice palace on Nov 15—and since it's in in Williamsburg, it'll have a locally focused holiday market, too.

McCarren Park Pool

McCarren Park Pool Photograph: Marielle Solan

Since Prospect Park’s Wollman Rink closed in 2010, Brooklyn ice-skaters looking for alfresco bladed action have been left mostly out in the cold, with only one rink to satisfy them. But no more: Outdoor rinks return to the borough this fall, with the launch of a skating surface at the McCarren Park Pool next month, and a new rink in Prospect Park scheduled to open in December. 

The McCarren Rink, run by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSA), will feature 7,200 square feet of ice—enough room for 300-plus skaters—as well as a holiday market produced by the folks behind Northside Festival. Of course, local vendors—a collaboration between Tyler Kord of No. 7 Sub and Josh Cohen of Anella and Jimmy's Diner—will supply the grub. The rink’s not quite big enough for regulation hockey, but the OSA does have tentative plans to provide a variety of sports programming and clinics—so curling fans, keep your fingers crossed.  

The rink will be open 11am through 10pm, seven days a week, from November 15 through January (or longer, organizers say, if it’s popular enough). Entry will be $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $4 for kids, with $5 skate rentals available.

Meanwhile, construction on Wollman Rink’s replacement in Prospect Park continues, with an estimated December opening date.  For more info about that rink (expected to feature both covered and open-air ice), as well as the rest of the park’s scheduled upgrades, check out our behind-the-scenes look.

(h/t The New York Times)

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