Greater Good: Parson’s Pro Bono Swimming Facilities for NYC
When the New York City
Department of Parks & Recreation
needed to revamp some of its swimming facilities, it saw not only banged-up lockers and chipped shower tile but also a learning opportunity. The result is a five-year partnership in which graduate architecture students at
the New School’s Parsons School of Design
provide pro bono design and construction work for the city while gaining real-life experience. The first of these projects completed was a changing pavilion for the
Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center
, a legacy of the WPA program. And this spring
saw the opening of changing pavilions at the
Sunset Park Recreation Center and Pool
, a WPA landmark in Brooklyn. Under the supervision of Parsons associate professor Alfred Zollinger, also principal of
Matter Architecture Practice
, the workshop’s dozen students designed two structures totaling 3,700 square feet to accommodate up to 1,300 swimmers per day.
The original building, a 1936 landmark, alongside one of the two changing pavilions.