NEW YORK — It was an afternoon filled with music, singing and lots of ice skating at the grand reopening of Wollman Rink in Central Park.
Wollman was previously operated by the Trump Organization. The city, however, decided to sever its contracts with the organization following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
What You Need To Know
- Central Park's Wollman Rink was previously operated by the Trump Organization
- The city decided to sever its contracts with the organization following the U.S Capitol riot
- The updated rink includes a new club house, murals painted by artists from across the five boroughs and food by Melba’s, a popular Harlem restaurant
The newly-updated rink, which is now operated by Wollman Park Partners, includes a new clubhouse, murals painted by artists from across the five boroughs and food by Melba’s, a popular Harlem restaurant.
The upgraded rink was exciting for reopening attendee Harlow Resnick. She said she was ready to teach her younger cousin, Flynn, how to skate.
“When I was in kindergarten... now I’m in second and she’s in kindergarten… I started coming here to skate,” Harlow said.
But the rink didn't just excite the young. It was a nostalgic day for Evan Gasman, who grew up playing ice hockey. He brought his son Leo to teach him the ropes.
“It's tough to play hockey in New York, so this might be a good spot for a lot of kids to try and learn how to play,” Gasman said.
The rink's vice president and general manager, Stefanie Tomlin, said its operators were "really focusing our new energy on making sure that Wollman Rink is an inclusive place to wonder and feel curious and feel accepted here."
"It's a new spirit," Tomlin said.
During the reopening ceremony, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the revitalization of the rink spoke to the rebuilding New York City is doing as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When you look at this today, I want you to see rebirth," de Blasio said. "I want you to see the greatness of this city. I want you to see the possibilities that reside here every day."