The survey below was sent to all members of the Prospect Park Alliance to gather their input on plans to move and redesign Wollman Skating Rink.
TO: All Prospect Park Alliance Members
FROM: Tupper Thomas, Prospect Park Administrator
DATE: March 9, 1998
RE: Wollman Rink
Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden has given us funding to investigate the feasibility of moving Wollman Rink and its building so that we may recreate the remarkable sweeping historic vistas that have been hidden from the Concert Grove for decades.
The rink is a favorite spot in the Park, but has been cutting us all off from a view that Olmsted and Vaux considered one of the premiere aspects of their design. We are taking this opportunity to study the possibility of moving the rink from its present place to a equally convenient spot that does not interfere with Park design.
Of course this possibility raises many questions and will require ongoing input from the community. That’s where you come in…
In order to better understand your needs and preferences we hope that you will take the time to fill out this questionnaire and get it back to us in the enclosed postage paid envelope by April 15th.
This won’t be the last time you will hear from us on this topic. There will be many more opportunities for your input as we continue to plan for a better Wollman Rink – and a better Prospect Park.
Thanks for taking the time to help. See you in the Park!
This survey is intended to assess the preferences of Alliance members which will help in designing a new skating rink for Prospect Park.
Have you ever been to the Wollman Skating Rink? yes ___ no ___
If not, STOP HERE.
If you have been to Wollman Rink, please answer the following:
How often do you use the rink?
Once a year ___
Several times a year ___
More than 5 times a year ___
More than 10 times a year ___
What is your age group?
Under 13 ___
If you are an adult do you come with your children? yes ___ no ___
If you are an adult do you ever come alone? yes ___ no ___
If you are an adult would you be more likely to attend all adult skating lessons? yes ___ no ___
When do you or would you use the rink?
do you use? would you use?
Weekends ___ ___
Weekdays ___ ___
In the morning ___ ___
In the afternoon ___ ___
Before work or school ___ ___
After work or school ___ ___
At night if it was available ___ ___
What services do you use at the rink?
Skate rental ___
Snack bar ___
What types of skating do you participate in?
currently? if regulation size rink were
Hockey ___ ___
Speed skating ___ ___
Figure skating ___ ___
Do you belong to a club ___ ___
General ___ ___
Have you used the Rink for a private party? yes___ no ___
What improved services would interest you?
A sit-down cafe or restaurant at the rink ___
Larger or more party rooms ___
Roller blading during the summer ___
A larger and improved skate shop with more merchandise ___
If so what type of merchandise ______________________
Which of the following would you most like to see in an upgraded rink?
[mark in order: very important – not important – important]
new lockers ___ ___ ___
new bathrooms ___ ___ ___
larger skating surface ___ ___ ___
more than one skating surface ___ ___ ___
upgraded lobby/lounge ___ ___ ___
changing rooms ___ ___ ___
improved instruction and lessons ___ ___ ___
covered rink ___ ___ ___
sit-down cafe ___ ___ ___
skating pro shop ___ ___ ___
observation area ___ ___ ___
What other rinks in the area do you use? __________________________
What services do they provide that are not offered here? __________________
How do they compare? ________________________________________
How do you get to the rink in Prospect Park?
Public transportation ___
Shuttle bus ___
if so, do you park at the rink? yes ___ no ___
What off season activities would you take advantage of if offered at the rink?
Roller blading ___
Roller blade rental ___
Bicycle rental for use in the park ___
Additional comments _______________________________________________