Tanahey Hockey Rink on Cherry Street to be Removed and Replaced with Turf
Parks along the Lower East Side coastline are now receiving upgrades due to the city’s billion-dollar resiliency project that will close East River Park for at least 3.5 years.
The additional cash injection of $28 million includes a variety of improvements, including turf fields, updated courts and jungle gyms, and planting of roughly 1,000 new trees.
For local hockey players, though, this spells the end to games at Tanahey Playground. As one of the only honest-to-god rinks in Manhattan, the Cherry Street play space has offered refuge to street hockey players for more than a decade.
Plans call for the removal of the boards and fence, and to replace with a synthetic turf field. In fact, the space is now repurposed to accommodate organized youth sports that will be displaced during the $1.45 billion proposed reconstruction of East River Park. (The basketball court will also get repainted.)
Various hockey leagues use this space on weekends, including BTSH and the long-running Two Bridges pickup game.
To that end, the Parks Department will aid in the transition. “We will work with the hockey league to find space for them to continue their activities,” a spokeperson tells us.
Community Board 3 will hear more details from the Parks Department later this month.
In related news, synthetic turf (as part of the same project) will cover the popular skate space in Tompkins Square Park. That move is not sitting well with the skateboard community…