Ice skating season opens this weekend in Central Park at… umm… well, we’re not really sure what to call it anymore. The famous rink, featured in the movie Serendipity, which was originally built with money given to the city by philanthropist Kate Wollman, used to be called Wollman Rink. If you Google, Wollman Rink, almost everything on the internet refers to it by this name… except the rink itself. It is now calling itself Trump Rink. True, Mr. Trump restored the rink in 1986 after it had been closed for several years. Trump then operated the rink, then didn’t, then came resumed operations in 2001. Since that time, the Trump Organization has spent a significant amount of money in capital improvements on the rink. Nobody could say that he hasn’t been a huge supporter and friend of the rink and the park. Our company has personally made it a point in the past to thank The Trump Organization for its many contributions. But what about Kate Wollman’s contributions? The Trump name now appears on the rink’s website (wollmanrinkskating.com), Facebook account, and Twitter profile and we can’t seem to figure out what prompted the change. We reached out to the Central Park Conservancy and they didn’t seem to know the rink had been “renamed.” When we called the rink, they informed us that it has been called Trump Rink for the past two years. Yeah… it hasn’t. While Mr. Trump certainly has the right to receive credit for his philanthropy, both philanthropists really should receive credit.
Wollman Rink, Central Park’s most popular skating rink, located in the Southern part of the park, will be opening for the 2011-12 skating season on Monday, October 24th. A skate & equipment sale will be held on Saturday October, 22 from 9am to 3pm. To access the rink, enter through the Artist’s Gate at 6th Avenue and 59th Street. The park’s sister, Lasker Rink, in the Northern part of the park, is scheduled to open on Oct 29th. For more information visit http://www.wollmanskatingrink.com.
Wollman Public Skating Hours:
Monday & Tuesday 10:00am – 2:30pm
Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am – 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 9:00pm