Harlem Meer Project Update

in: Resident News, What's Happening on: 07/15/21

For all Residents (From The Central Park Conservancy):

Dear Neighbors, 

We are pleased to share the exciting news that work on the project to redevelop the pool and rink at the Harlem Meer and restore the surrounding landscape and shoreline is getting underway.  

Since Lasker closed at the end of April, the Parks Department has emptied the facility of furnishings and equipment, and in the coming weeks contractors will be mobilizing on site. Initial activity will include loading-in equipment and materials, decommissioning of the pool and rink’s mechanical systems, and removal of interior and exterior fixtures. Demolition of the structure is expected to be underway in September. 

The new pool and rink at the Harlem Meer will open for the pool season in 2024. While the facility is under construction, swimmers can use one of the many nearby NYC public pools, including: Thomas Jefferson Pool (East Harlem), Marcus Garvey Pool (Central Harlem), Sheltering Arms Pool (Manhattanville/West Harlem), Wagner Pool (East Harlem), Jackie Robinson Pool (North Harlem), Highbridge Pool (Washington Heights), and John Jay Pool (Upper East Side). Swimmers also have the option to use the Riverbank State Pool (West Harlem). The Park’s other skating facility, Wollman Rink, remains open for ice skating in winter. Hockey players should consult their organization or league regarding plans for the coming seasons. 

As the work progresses, we will keep you informed of any major updates and events. The most current information will also be posted on the project page on our web site.  

Thank you all for your love of the Park, and for your participation in the discussion as we re-envisioned what a recreational facility in a landscape as celebrated worldwide—and as vital to the communities around it—had the potential to be. We look forward to welcoming you to a beautiful, accessible, and sustainable new facility that is open year-round for swimming, skating, and so much more.  

Your Friends at the Central Park Conservancy