Mitten Rink at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn, NY

Located in one of the most spectacular locations in New York City, under the Brooklyn Bridge, with iconic views of Lower Manhattan, DLANDstudio proposed a new kind of ice skating rink. Circulation in a rink tends to go around and around. In designing the mitten rink we considered the behavioral patterns of how people of different abilities really use the ice.  The thumb of the mitten is intended for beginners who may be afraid of fast moving skaters.  The temporary installation in what will become Brooklyn Bridge Park is intended to provide fun interim winter programming to engage the public in using the space year round. The design includes warming tents, skate rental area and a large ice surface in a shape similar to what one might find in a more rural setting.  Commissioned by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, the mitten rink was scheduled for opening in the winter of 2009 but was delayed by reconstruction of the Brooklyn Bridge.