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Richard Rogers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park

Cooper Robertson

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18 Mt Morris Park West



City Parks Foundation


  • Civil Engineer: AKRF
  • Electrical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber
  • Mechanical Engineer: Altieri Sebor Wieber
  • Structural Engineer: Robert Silman Associates
  • Theatre Projects Consultants
  • Landscape Architect: Todd Rader + Amy Crews

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Year Completed



5,400 sq. feet

Construction Cost

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Project Description

Marcus Garvey Park was a well-used neighborhood park with an out-of-date 1969 band shell and amphitheater in disrepair. The old stage limited performance, had poor sight lines, and no shade for the audience in its 1,600 seats. Cooper, Robertson & Partners developed options to fix these problems and the City Parks Foundation selected a plan for a new stage house with a large multi-purpose room (with changing rooms and toilets for performers). The design corrects the geometry of the band shell with a wider stage closer to the audience. A roof canopy floating above sidewalls, supported by masts and tension cables, and cable-supported fabric shades make the design open and light. The new audience benches of a recycled plastic now have seat-backs.
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