November 11, 2015
Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex Brings Healthy Living to Staten Island
With a new state-of-the-art athletic facility, Staten Island now has a new way to get active. DDC Commissioner Peña-Mora was joined by Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and other members of the community to celebrate the opening of the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. Open to the public, the Athletic Complex offers 135,000 square feet of space capable of holding events of all types for professional-level and burgeoning athletes alike. The facility features a 200m, IAFF-certified track with eight lanes, and a field space for two long jump pits, a pole vault lane, a high jump and two shot-put throwing areas. The Athletic Center also holds seating for 2,500 spectators.
Designed by Sage and Coombe Architects
, the Athletic Complex supports Mayor de Blasio's vision for a healthy, sustainable city for all New Yorkers. The building is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating; natural ventilation, natural daylight, and off-the-shelf materials used in construction reduce the building's overall impact on the environment.
There's more to come for this new athletic center; steps away work is underway for the Ocean Breeze Riding Facility, which will serve as the headquarters of Helping Others Overcome Personal Handicaps
(HOOPH), a therapeutic riding program for New York City's disabled community. Both the Athletic Complex and Riding Center are designed to minimize damage to the wetland areas of the park, while also meeting new FEMA elevation standards set after Hurricane Sandy.