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New Prospect Park Ice Skating Rink to Open Dec. 20

By Leslie Albrecht | December 3, 2013 8:56am
 The long-awaited Lakside skating complex will open on Dec. 20, officials announced.
Prospect Park's Lakeside to Open Dec. 20
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PARK SLOPE — Dust off those double axels.

Prospect Park's long-awaited Lakeside skating complex will open Dec. 20, the Prospect Park Alliance announced Monday.

The $74 million recreation area, which has been under construction for nearly three years, will welcome ice skaters and hockey players in the winter, and roller skaters in the spring and fall. During the warmer months, families can splash around in a water play area.

The two-rink complex also includes a new cafe, event space, restrooms, and picnic areas. The project also restored Music Island, an original park feature that was designed to bring Brooklynites together.

Admission to the rinks will be $6 on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. The cost to rent skates will be $5. Rinks will close at 6 p.m. during the week and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

The complex is formally known as the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside, after a $10 million donation the park received from the prominent real estate family. It will be operated by Upsilon Ventures, which also runs the Bryant Park rink.

Officials said Lakeside will attract visitors to an "underutilized" section of the 585-acre park.

"This important addition to Prospect Park will benefit tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors for years to come and helps restore the brilliant vision of [park designers] Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux," said Park Commissioner Veronica White in a statement.