Macombs Dam Park at Yankee Stadium

bronx, ny

client: nyc economic development corp

The Macombs Dam park ensemble consists of a variety of lush, contemporary green spaces in which the community can relax, socialize, and play.  One segment of the landscape is a 13 acre park on the roof of the stadium parking structure, the largest full-service rooftop park every built by the City; another segment is an at-grade park where the now demolished Yankee Stadium used to stand.  The rooftop park consists of an eight lane running track named after Olympian coach Joe Yancey, as well as a combination football/soccer field, 500-600 seat grandstand, comfort station, handball courts, basketball courts, adult fitness center, grassy knolls and a sledding slope.  Heritage Field is perhaps the most highly anticipated piece of this South Bronx miracle: softball, little league and a regulation public baseball field where neighborhoods kids can play in the footprints of Babe Ruth. The Stantec/Thomas Balsley Associates team has composed heavily planted landforms and bioswales which define the edges of the sports fields and give the appearance of a place carved into the woodland. This extraordinary park has transformed a concrete behemoth into a verdant multipurpose greensward honoring its Yankee heritage.