Sitting just a few hundred feet from the ocean lies a humongous building covered in glass and raised on stilts to allow for covered parking. This is the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, possibly the largest building on Staten Island and one of the premier running tracks of the region.
What is it?
The Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex is a 135,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor track and field facility in Ocean Breeze Park, Staten Island. This $93 million athletic complex was funded by the City's PlaNYC initiative, with construction managed in coordination with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The facility will become a premier destination for athletic events, drawing competitors from around the region. NYC Parks worked with track and field professionals and community groups throughout the planning process and continues to work with local partners to explore youth and adult programming opportunities.
In keeping with the sustainability goals of PlaNYC, Parks and DDC are seeking a LEED Silver rating for the building, and have incorporated features to conserve energy and water into the design. Sustainable features for the building include geothermal heating and cooling, displacement ventilation, harvesting of storm water to recharge surrounding wetlands, a "cool" roof and recycled materials. In addition, the building will take advantage of the cool ocean breezes to provide natural ventilation for the majority of the year. Natural daylight harvested through skylights, windows, light shelves and clerestories will either eliminate or supplement the necessity for artificial lighting much of the time. The surrounding sand dunes, wetlands, grasslands, and shrub forest comprising much of Ocean Breeze Park will be preserved.
What does it feature?
The Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex features an elite-level hydraulically-banked competition track can convert from eight to six lanes and incline up to 4.5 feet as its primary attraction. The facility boasts commanding views of the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan. The warm-up area features fitness and cardio rooms, and there's a covered parking lot that accommodates 160 cars located under the building.
On November 19, 2015 the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex became the first facility in the United States to be recognized as a certified IAAF facility.
The complex hosts dozens of professional events, including marathons, races, and anything else involving running for the entire northeast. For example. the NYRR NYC Marathon is held there every year and brings hundreds of spectators to its seating area that can fit over 2,500.
For those looking for something more recreational, the Complex hosts a lot of fun and family friendly events, such as their twilight runs every Wednesday night or even their movie nights on Fridays on their fully-digital scoreboards.
The Ocean Breeze WaveRunners Youth Track and Field Club is a club dedicated to getting the young population of Staten Island active and promoting a healthier lifestyle. It was established in order to give back to community via the sport the organizers all love! With their universal belief in athletics as a stepping stone for success, they feel that the Ocean Breeze WaveRunners can promote, develop and empower our youth through physical training and mental discipline.
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