Alley Pond Environmental Center


The City of New York Parks and Recreation department initiated plans to expand and renovate an area of the Alley Pond Park to create the New Alley Pond Environmental Center. The proposed program includes indoor and outdoor class instruction spaces, small animal storage, exhibit room, bathrooms, office space, children’s library and staff library, parking area, and covered walk way connecting structures.

The already existing 5,700 sf building is in need of great repair, including structural work to stabilize the building. One option explored was to erect a new building of approximately 10,000 sf in the same vicinity. An alternate plan to salvage the existing structure, therefore reducing the new construction of the Annex to 6000 sf, would require renovations to the existing building to bring it up to a habitable, shell, “white box” space with minimal lighting and MEP/FP systems. It is understood that the existing building would remain in use during the construction of the new facility or Annex. This would lead to a second phase in which the existing structure would be torn down, or repaired and renovated.

Sustainable systems installed at the site would be utilized as educational tools for visitors and made viewable by public where possible. The project has a goal of obtaining LEED Silver certification.


LOCATIONNew York, NY (Queens)
ARCHITECTLeroy Street Studio/
SIZE10,000 square feet
COST$9 million
COMPLETION2014 (design)
AWARDS2014 Winner of the Excellence in
 Design Award

Renderings Courtesy of Leroy Street Studio / DLANDstudio