RWA Visits Ocean Bay Community Center
Last week the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance wrapped up an incredible community planning experience with the students from the Ocean Bay Community Center. With the students here, an intrinsic part of our curriculum was about gaining trust and respect. Once we were able to get past these basic stepping stones, we were then able to establish our goals as a group and move forward. This summer our goal was to have each student design an ideal community center of their liking and then move on to work as a group to design an ideal community; mapping all the amenities that would fit the needs of its residents. Using the ground plans of the old Rockaway Beach-Boulevard fire house; which in 2009 was acquired by The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, through the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), students from the center were given a visual walk through of plans and a site visit as a reference to design their own buildings. Many students noted that the site, as it is currently located only a block away from the Ocean Bay Community Center on 58-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and minutes away from the subway provided a great example of a site that was accessible and not far from home.
Back at the Ocean Bay Community Center, students were broken up into groups to plan their designs as well as execute their plans into actual models of buildings. Over the course of three weeks, they worked hard to design a variety of buildings and facilities that either had existed within the neighborhood or that they hoped had existed.