The Central Park Conservancy today unveiled its design for a brand new pool and rink coming to the north end of Central Park.
The $150 million project, the Conservancy's biggest ever, is a joint undertaking with the city, which is contributing a third of the money.
Replacing Lasker Rink and Pool, a concrete-walled eyesore that has faced systemic problems (e.g. flooding) even before it opened in 1966, the new facility will be much more open and integrated into its surroundings.
Its landscape-dominant design, as the Conservancy's chief landscape architect Christopher Nolan calls it, will more naturally bridge the placid Harlem Meer to the east and the woodsy Ravine to the west.
Walls will be a thing of the past. As Nolan made clear during the unveiling ceremony, "Inaccessible spaces become accessible."
A new pool and rink pavilion, made of stone, wood and glass, will be built into the existing slope, while a stream that had previously been diverted underground will be brought to the surface, loop around the pool and empty into the Meer.
Visitors can also look forward to more places to skate. A boardwalk that will run across Harlem Meer will double as a "skating ribbon" in the winter.
The groundbreaking is planned for the spring of 2021 and the project is slated to open in time for pool season 2024.
Renderings courtesy of Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture.