Riverbank State Park will be a featured tour as part of Archtober’s Building of the Day series. A month-long celebration of architecture and design in New York City, Archtober is an annual festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions taking place throughout the month of October. Building of the Day tours are the centerpiece of Archtober with the goal of making exemplary architecture more accessible to the general public.
Archtober Building of the Day: Riverbank State Park
Date / Time: October 8, 2022 at 3:00pm
Location: 679 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10031
Riverbank State Park is New York City’s first public green roof, and one of New York State’s busiest parks. A first-of-its-kind recreation facility with numerous year-round recreational amenities, the park has become a true community asset. Housed in five major buildings are an Olympic-size swimming complex, a covered skating rink for rolling skating in the summer and ice skating in the winter, an 800-seat cultural theater, an indoor athletic complex with fitness facilities, and a 150-seat restaurant. Outdoor amenities include a 25-yard lap pool, tennis courts, basketball courts, a softball field, a playground, and an eight-lane running track surrounding a football/soccer field.
The tour will be led by Dattner Architects’ founder Richard Dattner and will include the fascinating history of Riverbank’s inception, design, and construction—and a discussion of the importance of creating accessible public open space for each New Yorker.