McCarren Pool

Brooklyn, NY



The famed McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, New York, opened in 1936 (with a capacity of 6,800 patrons and the size of four Olympic-sized pools), and was the summertime social hub for Greenpoint and Williamsburg neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. McCarren Pool ceased being a watery oasis in 1984, but was open to the public in 2005 when it opened as a popular venue for concerts, dance, and movies.



Best Restoration

Municipal Arts Society of New York


Pool Type

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services



Feasibility Study


Completed 2012


Rogers Marvel Architects

Project Amenities

A $50 million investment in 2007, funded by the PlaNYC, was to rehabilitate the historic structure to repair and reconfigure by incorporating a central peninsula to act as a beach area during the summer swim season, and an ice skating platform during the winter. The newly renovated swimming venue was restored to its original glory.

Activating the main pool for swimming with a capacity of over 1500 swimmers, the new open-air changing pavilions were designed on the pool deck. These pavilions allow the original bathhouse to be converted into a year-round community center containing a gym, weight and cardio areas; multipurpose community and meeting rooms; and offices and support spaces for staff and NYC Parks police.

The building is targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for sustainable design with the U.S. Green Building Council.

38,000 sq. ft. Recreation Pool

Large zero depth entry area extending to 3.5 ft. deep

Separate area for lap and recreational swimming with depths ranging from 3.5 ft. to 4.5 ft.

Spray fountains at beach area

ADA-accessible ramp entry and two pool lifts

Pool volume of 1,060,000 gallons of water

Filtration system has a turnover rate of 2.9 hours, circulating 6,000 gallons of water per minute and variable frequency drive motors to adjust turnover rate for energy savings

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