Work Has Finally Begun on the New Pool and Rink Facility Coming to the Harlem Meer in Central Park

Updated: Sep 21


A bulldozer breaks ground at the old Lasker Rink and Pool.
A bulldozer breaks ground at the old Lasker Rink and Pool. Photo: Central Park Conservancy

Earlier this month the Central Park Conservancy finally broke ground on the new pool and rink facility coming to the Harlem Meer in the north end of Central Park.


The Harlem Meer Center, as it is now called, will replace the old Lasker Rink and Pool, a concrete-walled facility that faced problems like flooding even before it opened in 1966.


Bird's-eye view of the re-envisioned north end of Central Park. Rendering courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture
Rendering of the new Harlem Meer Center courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture.

A mix of stone, wood and glass, the new facility will be built into the existing slope and feature a larger-than-Olympic-size pool that will transform into an ice skating rink in the winter.


Interior view of the pavilion at the pool in Central Park's north end. Rendering courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture.
Rendering of the new pool facility courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture.

A boardwalk along the Harlem Meer will also double as a "skating ribbon" in the colder months.


The entire design will be much more open and integrated into its surroundings—a stream that had previously been diverted underground will be brought to the surface, looping around the pool and emptying into the Meer.


View of the skating ribbon at Central Park's Harlem Meer. Rendering courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture.
Rendering of the skating ribbon courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture.

Work on the new facility officially commenced on September 9 and is slated to be completed in 2024.


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