Temperatures are dropping and all New Yorkers need winter coats to shelter them from the cold. From Friday, January 26, through Sunday, January 28, Central Park’s iconic Wollman Rink is hosting a Winter Coat Drive, with all donations going to Breaking Ground, the largest developer and operator of permanent supportive housing in New York.
Next weekend, all skaters who bring a coat to donate will receive discounted entry courtesy of the Wollman Rink Access Program (WRAP) package: a reduced price of $15 for admission and skate rental, as well as a complimentary hot chocolate. Those who don’t have an extra coat to spare are also encouraged to donate hats, gloves, and scarves!
The 700+ day snowless streak in NYC is finally over and with the cold winter weather raging on, now is the perfect time to put old winter coats to use and turn skating trips to Wollman Rink into good. All coats and accessories donated by skaters will be distributed to people Breaking Ground is working with on the streets this winter. Breaking Ground's Street to Home and Connect to Care programs provide outreach services to people living unsheltered on the streets across Brooklyn, Queens, and Midtown Manhattan. All coats and other items donated must be: new or gently used; clean and ready to wear; and free from rips, tears, or stains.
In the spirit of the WRAP program, which aims to help provide access to public programming at the rink for New Yorkers who have not historically been able to afford it, Wollman Rink is proud to partner with Breaking Ground to help vulnerable New Yorkers stay warm this winter.