Parsons The New School of Design has recently completed a new pool pavilion called Splash House for Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center. Led by students in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, Splash House was designed and developed pro bono by students in partnership with NYC Parks & Recreation as an addition to the WPA-era Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center.
Splash House (Photo Credit: Michael Moran)
Included in the pavilion’s construction are new locker areas surrounded by sliding doors that allow the space to be converted into changing rooms during peak hours. A second component to the project, to be completed by NYC Parks & Recreation, will add a water curtain to function as a play feature for children and station to rinse off. The Splash House outdoor pavilion allows the adjacent Recreation Center to remain open all year long by diverting pool-goers away from one space and into another. Previously the center would suspend activities over the summer to accommodate the traffic of over 130,000 visitors to the pool. With the newly constructed outdoor pavilion to alleviate the attendance crunch, the Recreation Center can retain its original purpose and offer more activities to the Washington Heights Community all year long.
The Parsons students have already commenced work on the second phase of the project called In_Flux for interior renovations of the central area of the Recreation Center in hopes of enhancing the site further for area residents.