The 330-foot-long Crotona Park
built in 1934-1936 by the WPA, photographed June 24, 2014; work underway to
install new spray showers (yellowish area at left). On the left and lower
right, a huge J-shaped concrete grandstand for swimming events. Rear and
right, the bathhouse designed by Aymar Embury II
who also designed the Orchard Beach bathhouse
many other New York City landmarks of the 1930s.
2, 1934, Parks Department Press Release]
24, 1936, Press Release]
[July 23, 1936, Press Release]
Pool, NYC Department of Parks website, accessed 13 November 2019: "This
Olympic-size swimming pool and bathhouse complex opened on July 24, 1936. It
was one of ten dedicated that year by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses
(1888-1981). The project, funded by a special Works Progress Administration
(WPA) grant of $10 million, featured a 925,000 gallon swimming pool, 39,000
gallon wading pool, 450,000 gallon diving pool and a bathhouse. The latter
was designed by noted architect Aymar Embury II (1880-1966), and
is an art deco interpretation of a French castle.
- New historical marker
acknowledging the WPA installed by Parks Department in March 2022.