Parks Department Will Try to Reopen Lasker Rink at Central Park

16RINK1web-master675A day after the skating rink at the north end of Central Park abruptly announced that it was closing for the season, the parks department said on Saturday that it would try to make repairs so that it could reopen at some point this winter.

The site, named Lasker Rink and operated by the Trump Organization, announced on Friday that city engineers determined that its refrigeration plant needed to be replaced. Rink management notified the various hockey groups that used the rink of the closing, sending them scrambling to find other places to play.

But on Saturday evening, the parks department said in a statement that it would attempt to fix the rink’s concrete slab and valves to identify and repair the source of a leak “in the hope of reopening the rink to the public later this season.”

“In the meantime, the Trump Organization, along with NYC Parks, will work with the community and other area rinks to try to accommodate hockey and skating groups who call Lasker Rink home,” the statement added. “Refunds will also be issued to any organizations who reserved and paid for use of the rink during the time that it will be closed.”

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NOV. 15, 2014

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