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McCarren Pool Opening Day
McCarren Pool , Opening Day, June 28, 2012

Opening Day
Opening Day Ceremonies with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

McCarren Pool
McCarren Pool, 1936

The Pool
Pool basin and beach with new pavilions adjacent to the historic bathhouses.

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation selected Rogers Marvel to renovate McCarren Pool in Brooklyn, New York.  Constructed as part of a WPA program and opened  in 1936 by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, the facility has been restored and returned to active use as an outdoor swimming pool and year-round community facility.

Places for lap swimming, a gradually sloped play area, and general swim area are incorporated into the reconfigured pool’s shape.  Outdoor changing pavilions and lockers are constructed adjacent to the original building.   The restored bathhouse has been converted to community use  with spaces for learning, after school use and active recreation.

The building is targeted for LEED Silver Certification with the United States Green Building Council and will be a participant in the New York City Percent for Art program.

Scott Demel was Project Architect and Project Manager for this $50M project at Rogers Marvel Architects.


Municipal Arts Society, MASterworks, 2013.

Historic Districts Council, Design Award, 2014.


Crit > McCarren Park Pool Renovation, The Architect's Newspaper, 2012.

Dive In! The McCarren Pool Is Almost Open, The New York Times, May 26, 2012.

Empty About 3 Decades, Pool From the Depression Era Reopens to Cool Off Brooklyn, The New York Times, June 28, 2012.

Chatting with McCarren Pool Architect Scott Demel, PaperMag, 2012.

Overview of the pool within McCarren Park and the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn

Under the Pavilion
Underneath the new outdoor changing pavilion

Entrance lobby at the historic bathhouse wing

A community room and playroom within the historic building envelope

Photography by David Sundberg / Esto, Katie Sokoler/Gothamist, Matt Capello, and Scott Demel.  Historic photograph from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation Archive.

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