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Lasker Pool redesign
vote put off yet again
PHOTO BY TODD MAISEL
Manhattan residents are concerned about
the fate of Lasker Pool and skating rink under
a Central Park Conservancy proposal.
BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH
The city’s Public Design Commission postponed
a vote again Tuesday on a preliminary redesign
for Central Park’s Lasker pool and rink.
Out of the agency’s 10 commissioners, only five
showed up to the Feb. 18 meeting. In order for
the PDC to move forward or shelve any potential
designs, at least six commissioners must be present
at a meeting.
Some Lasker users showed up to the meeting in
the hopes of convincing the commission to reconsider
the size of the pool and rink, arguing that in
a neighborhood with limited sports facilities, size
“This is a city-wide battle over recreational space,”
said Cressida Connolly, a parent present at the
meeting.” We went through this with Gansevoort
Peninsula with Hudson Trust … so we have to push
back at every point of contact.”
Today’s rescheduling marks the second time the
PDC has postponed the vote which was originally
scheduled for Jan. 21. But the agency failed to meet
its six-person quorum.
In 2018, the city and Central Park Conservancy,
the agency in charge of the park’s maintenance, announced
that the 50-year-old pool and rink would
get $150 million worth of renovations. Renderings
released by the conservancy earlier this year show
drastic changes to the northern part of the park.
Besides a smaller rink and pool, the design calls
for the creation of a boardwalk on top of a series
of small islands and freshwater marsh close to the
But the conservancy argues that smaller pool and
rink are all the section of the park can handle adding
that the “drastically out of scale” facility has caused
problems for the greenspace.
“It was built on top of a watercourse—a disastrous
miscalculation that has caused chronic flooding of
the site and impacted the facility from the beginning,
” a statement from the conservancy says. “The new
facility will continue to support a robust swimming,
skating and hockey program.”
Construction on the new facility is set to start
some time next year.
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