The arena is part of one of the largest recreational facilities ever built in a city park, and the entire complex includes an Aquatics Center and the newly opened Al Oerter Recreation Center just across the street.
"Flushing Meadows Corona Park is now the premier athletic destination in Queens," said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "New Yorkers can skate, swim, bike, row, play tennis, watch baseball, play ball, and lift weights without ever leaving the park."
The arena is part of a $66 million project that has been ten years in the making. It was first proposed by then-borough president Clare Shulman, and carried through by her predecessor, Helen Marshall.
The ice rink actually opened to the public in February, and since then has welcomed almost 20,000 ice skaters, from hockey players to figure skaters to speed skaters to first-timers.
Last week's official event included a sled hockey demonstration and ice dancing performance by Ice Theatre of New York, which will provide free lessons and performances at the World Ice Arena throughout April and May. For more information, visit www.icetheatre.org.