Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Prospect Park Construction Months Behind Schedule

Posted By on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Rendering of the Lakeside project
  • Rendering of the Lakeside project
Prospect Park's Lakeside Project is running months behind schedule, the Times reports. The $74 million project covering 26 acres—almost 5 percent of the park—involved tearing down the old ice skating rink in order to build two new year-round ones, as well as a cafe and education center; it will also restore parts of the park that Robert Moses spoiled in 1960 with the construction of the Wollman Rink. "The Moses rink, surrounded by a chain-link fence, destroyed vistas of the lake and paved over Music Island," the Times reports. "Last week officials drained a section of the lake to recreate the island."

It's an unusual bit of attention for the east side of the park, oft overshadowed by its western counterpart. But funding issues have delayed the project, whose cost rose $25 million since the original proposal. The park has so far secured $65.5 million of the necessary funding, and hope to raise more by selling naming rights to the rink. (Barclays Skating?!)

The new rinks were slated to open in January 2013, before other aspects of the project, but that would have cost almost half a million dollars more. So everything is now planned to open in the fall of that year, which means the 2012-2013 winter will be the third consecutive one in which there was no ice skating in Prospect Park (for which my tailbone is grateful).

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