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Prospect Park's Lakeside Center Receives $10 Million Gift

LeFrak family donates $10 million to Lakeside Center project, set to open in December.

The ambitious and long-awaited Lakeside Center recently received another gift in anticipation of its opening in $10 million from the LeFrak family.

The Prospect Park Alliance and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Monday announced the donation from the LeFrak family in support of Lakeside.

The facility will be named the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center at Lakeside in honor of the parents of LeFrak Organization CEO Richard LeFrak and his sisters. 

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous donation by the entire LeFrak family,” Prospect Park Alliance President Emily Lloyd said in a statement. “The LeFrak family’s deep roots in Brooklyn itself make this gift particularly fitting. Prospect Park already is a wonderful place for families to visit, but this contribution is further recognition of how much Lakeside will improve it."

The entire 26-acre, $74 million restoration project is slated to open in December and will have year-round programming at the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center, including winter ice skating, summer roller skating and a water feature for children and families. Lakeside also features a restored landscape and vastly improved park access.

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