THE HARLEM MEER OUTDOOR CENTER IN CENTRAL PARK | New York, NY 
2024 | Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design in collaboration with Mitchell Giurgola and the Central Park Conservancy

Located at the intersection of History, Landscape, Recreation, and the City, the design for the New Harlem Meer Center builds upon the historical framework envisioned by Olmsted and Vaux to re-connect the Harlem Meer and surrounding community to the rest of the Park. The design calls for the demolition of the existing facility, allowing for the re-establishment of the historic watercourse along the western edge of the site opening up views to Huddlestone Arch. Built into the topography of the site, the landscape extends over a new glass and stone pavilion which defines the eastern edge of a monumental outdoor room containing a new seasonal pool and rink. Unifying the project is the renewal of the surrounding landscape including a new waterfront pergola and boardwalk. Architecture and landscape come together to create a recreational experience integrated into the Park’s magnificent landscape, accessible to the public throughout the year. The project is the largest in Central Park Conservancy’s history and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2024.

Model Photography: Aislinn Weidele

Central Park Conservancy: Harlem Meer Project Video

Press Release & Project Description

Central Park Conservancy: Lasker Rink and Pool Restoration

Architect’s Newspaper Article

New York Times Article

Architect Magazine Article

CBS New York Article

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CENTRAL PARK: THE HARLEM MEER CENTER

Re-Imagining Central Park's Lasker Pool and Rink

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