This summer, a breathtaking disco rink in Central Park
The wheeled variant of boogie fever is still circulating.
Another roller skating rink is coming to New York. Hot on the heels of the reopening of Roll-A-Rama at the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport and Rockefeller Center swapping its blades for wheels at the new Pinball Machine’s Roller Boogie Palace, sales have kicked off for Central’s new DiscOasis Park, with general admission tickets ranging from $16 to $65.
“The immersive, musical and theatrical roller disco experience” will open June 16 at the park’s Wollman Rink, where it will remain until October 1, according to a press release. Created by “experience-based” production studio Constellation Immersive in partnership with the Los Angeles Media Fund and event promoter Live Nation, the borough’s newest wheel dance venue will not only provide a place to skating, but also “theatrical performances”, as well as live performances. DJs, artists and special guests.
Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Nile Rodgers, co-founder of frunk band Chic (of “Le Freak” fame), will serve as the official “Groovemaster” of DiscOasis.
“I guess someone said, ‘Nil is a roller skater.’ And the producers called me right away. I said, ‘Oh, man, I’d love to program the music,” Rodgers, 69, told Gothamist. “I try to explain it to people, like even when I skate now – and most of the time now I skate alone – but you feel so free. It’s almost like people are skydiving or something, it felt like flying.
The “oasis within an oasis” Wollman Rink will also feature a “glittering rink fantasia as its centerpiece,” designed by Tony Award nominee David Korins, and lighting design by award winner David Weiner, according to the release. There will also be catering, although a menu has yet to be released.
Although it’s the DiscOasis’ pristine run in New York, it’s already enjoyed a sold-out run in 2021 at a Los Angeles botanical garden.