Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning
Tour Time: 12:00
Explore this award-winning tennis center in the heart of the Bronx’s Crotona Park! The new flagship for Arthur Ashe’s New York Junior Tennis & Learning program, the center will serve an estimated 30,000 students in the South Bronx. Conceptually, the venue is designed as a series of platforms—both for viewing tennis, from beginner to professional level—and metaphorically a platform to encourage afterschool learning—a project to create the opportunity for inner city kids to experience success on the tennis court, as well as in life.
Designed and constructed by GLUCK+ with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the Cary Leeds Center includes a two-story, 12,000-square-foot clubhouse and educational facility, with 2 world-class stadium exhibition courts (to be completed in 2016), and 20 public outdoor courts. The building and stadium courts are partially buried as a strategy to minimize the impact of a large structure in the park and also to take advantage of natural geothermal heating and cooling of below ground surfaces. Courtside, the lower level opens directly onto the 2 sunken exhibition courts which will host qualifying meets leading up to the US Open.
The Cary Leeds Center received the 30th Annual Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Tour Guide: Marc Gee, Principal, GLUCK+