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MAKE A SPLASH! Help us build pool pavilions for the Washington Heights Community and keep the recreation center functioning year round!
MAKE A SPLASH! Help us build pool pavilions for the Washington Heights Community and keep the recreation center functioning year round!
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Thank you so much to everyone that helped us reach our goal.  We are on our way to getting the Splash House built and although we only have a few hours to go, any additional donations will go a long way in purchasing materials for the project. 

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you make a splash in the pool!

-Parsons Design Workshop 2011

MAKE A SPLASH!

The Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center is an invaluable place for kids to play and learn. Yet for several months every summer the Washington Heights community is denied this critical resource when the facility is converted into locker rooms for the Highbridge Park Swimming Pool.

We are the Design Workshop, a group of graduate architecture students from Parsons School of Design eager to make a difference and learn a lot in the process.

Support us in creating a new pool pavilion for the Washington Heights Community to keep the recreation center open for indoor play year round!

PROJECT

We've designed Splash House, a new pool-deck pavilion for the Highbridge Park Pool in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. It is a space where swimmers can change and safely store belongings, and we're ready to construct it ourselves this summer.

We need your help!  All donations will go towards procuring building materials for Splash House; everything from screws to steel beams.

The Design Workshop voluntarily designs and builds projects every year for not-for-profit organizations. This year, Parsons has worked with NYC Parks and Recreation and the City Parks Foundation to develop Splash House. The Highbridge Recreation Center is historically significant, dating from 1936, when it was designed as a Bathhouse and built as a WPA public works project. 

Indoor activities at the Highbridge Recreation Center become unavailable to neighborhood residents every summer, as it converts from a place of education and community into locker and changing rooms for the daily rush of 2,400 swimmers who come to spend hot summer days at the pool.

By constructing Splash House, we’ll be freeing up the indoor recreation space to give permanence to this community center where abundant youth activities are key to the many children who live in this densely populated New York City neighborhood.

We have spent this spring semester drawing, modeling, and refining our design. Splash House has developed as a mixture of fun and function, and we are confident that it will be a great benefit for the Washington Heights community. With unanimous approval by the Community Board, we are excited to start building.

We need your help to make it possible! Please donate and be a part of our efforts to build Splash House! All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards purchasing the materials to build this project!

We will greatly thank you!

RENDERINGS

View towards the men's locker rooms and pool.

View from the men's locker area towards the pool and the Highbridge Tower.

View of the water curtain.

View of the entry/bag check.

View of the women's pavilion.

View of the men's changing room.


REWARDS

SPLASH HOUSE GRAPHIC T-SHIRT

SPLASH HOUSE PENCIL

SPLASH HOUSE TEMPORARY TATTOO

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    MAKE A SPLASH. Every dollar counts. Be a part of making this project a reality for the Washington Heights community. Come see it yourself and take a swim!

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    As a PENCIL DIVE SUPPORTER you’ll receive a temporary tattoo, a SPLASH HOUSE pencil and instructions on how to perform this dive.

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    As a TRIPLE LINDY SUPPORTER you’ll receive a printed copy of one of the project renderings, a piece of the Works Progress era concrete pool deck and instructions on how to not perform this dive and watch the video instead.

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    As a SWAN DIVE SUPPORTER your name will be listed on our website as a project donor, you’ll also receive a printed copy of one of the project renderings, an SPLASH HOUSE graphic t-shirt as well as instructions on how to perform a Swan Dive and Pencil Dive.

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    As a BELLY FLOP SUPPORTER your name will be listed on the project website, you will also receive an original sketch, a graphic t-shirt and instructions on how to perform a Belly Flop and all of the dives above.

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    As a JACK KNIFE SUPPORTER you’ll receive a personal tour of the project, an original sketch, graphic t-shirt and instructions on how to perform a Jack Knife dive as well as all the dives above.

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    As a CANON BALL SUPPORTER and making the largest splash you’ll have the unique opportunity to take a private swim in the pool and attend the grand opening of SPLASH HOUSE. In addition, you will receive a personal tour of the project, a dinner hosted by the design workshop team and your name will be listed on our website as a project donor. You will also receive a framed photograph of the completed project, a graphic t-shirt and instructions on how to perform a Canon Ball as well as all of the dives listed above.

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