McCarren Park Pool

Brooklyn, New York
26,000 sqft, Completed 2012 with Rogers Marvel Architects


How can we reclaim a historic community center? Do it for the kids!

McCarren Park Pool was built in 1936 with a combined footprint of 4 Olympic sized swimming pools. Years later it was shutdown due to neighborhood unrest and consequently went into disrepair. The Parks Department hired Rogers Marvel Architects to revitalize the pools. We designed a new community center and outdoor changing pavilions that provide much needed recreational space in an underserved area of Brooklyn.

McCarren Pool has the capacity to house 1500 swimmers. The success of its modernization was achieved through advanced preservation and design techniques. McCarren Pool is now used as the model for revitalization of all public pools in New York City.