Central Park’s Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink will close after Sunday’s skating sessions, according to the Trump Organization, which operates both rinks.
The organization’s contract was expected to end in April, but Mayor de Blasio decided to terminate it early after the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. The contract was set to end on Feb. 26, but the Trump Organization will close up shop after the weekend. The skating season tends to run until early April.
“Despite our appeals to the City to allow us to continue operations through the duration of the skating season — which would not only save the jobs of nearly 250 individuals who work or otherwise provide services Wollman and Lasker Rinks, but also allow us to continue to provide the numerous public skating sessions and skating and hockey programs that we host on a daily basis — the City rejected our efforts,” the Trump Organization told The Post in a statement.
A parks department source, however, said that the city only learned of the Trump Organization’s decision on Friday after the close of business.
The department has already put out requests for proposals for a new concessionaire. Responses are due next month. Parks spokesperson Crystal Howard wrote that “We are working diligently through our competitive RFP process to secure new operators for these great amenities so not to impact the respective seasons.”
Rink users were sent the following email from the operators.
Wollman, which is in the low-60’s towards the East side of the park, was bustling on Saturday morning. Rink users have created a petition to try to get the city to keep Wollman open through the season. As of early Saturday afternoon, it had 1,731 signatures. A small notice near the entrance to the rink directed people to go to the petition.