Photo: Frank da Cruz, 17 September 2019.
See Highbridge Play Center and Park gallery
The Highbridge Play Center in Highbridge Park, Manhattan,
Amsterdam Avenue at West 173rd Street, constructed by the WPA in 1936;
architect: Aymar Embury II.
- NYC Parks Dept press release of
July 13, 1936:
"The new Highbridge Swimming Pool, located at 175th Street and Amsterdam
Avenue in Highbridge Park, Manhattan, will be formally dedicated and opened
to the public on Tuesday, July 14 that 8:30 P.M. Mayor LaGuardia, Park
Commissioner Robert Moses (and others) will speak. The program also
will include swimming and diving exhibitions by former swimming and diving
champions now employed by the Park Department. The Highbridge Pool is the
fifth of eleven swimming pools constructed by the Park Department with
W.P.A. funds which will be opened during the summer and will accommodate
4880 persons at a time. The area includes a swimming pool 166 feet x 228
feet with a wading pool 97 feet x 228 feet."
Landmarks Preservation Commission August 14, 2007, Designation List
"The team of designers, landscape architects and engineers assembled to
execute the new pool complexes, in addition to hundreds of other
construction and rehabilitation projects undertaken between 1934 and 1936 by
New York's newly consolidated Parks Department, was comprised largely of
staff members and consultants who had earlier worked for Moses at other
governmental agencies, including architect Aymar Embury II,
landscape architects Gilmore D. Clarke and Allyn R. Jennings, and civil
engineers W. Earle Andrews and William H. Latham."