Harlem Meer. Central Park. ‘Meer’ is Dutch for lake. The Harlem Meer is
known for it’s catch and release fishing, skating and swimming at Lasker
Rink and Pool, and surrounding playgrounds. The Meer is also a thriving
home to fish, turtles and waterfoul. Surrounding the Meer are many
varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. As with all bodies of water in
the park, the Harlem Meer is as man-made as the Lasker Rink and Pool.
The Charles A. Dana
Discovery Center. Central Park. Built in 1993 on the Harlem Meer, the
Discovery Center is the Park’s newest building. It is the site for many
educational and community programs, seasonal exhibits and holiday
celebrations. Some of the seasonal events include:
The Harlem Meer Performance Festival in the summer.
The Halloween Pumpkin Sail of candlelit Jack O'Lanterns on the Meer in autumn
The Holiday Lighting event in winter.
The Discovery Center is also home to Central Park’s catch and release fishing program.