Last Friday, elected and city officials joined park leaders to announce that a permanent pool will be built at Squibb Park, just above Pier 1. The Parks Department will enter an agreement with Brooklyn Bridge Park to develop, operate and maintain the pool and related amenities.
“An all-new permanent pool at Squibb Park will mean more fun in the sun in Brooklyn,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
The construction of the pool will cost between $10 and $15 million, officials said. One-third of the capital funding will be provided by Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The rest will be raised publicly and privately by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which has launched a fundraising campaign.
Brooklyn Bridge Park plans to host community planning sessions in the summer to collect input from residents and pool users. Parks will announce the specific project timeline later in the year.
For years, the park operated a popular pop-up pool until the city could come up with a permanent plan. Advocates, including the grassroots group Love Our Pool, celebrated the announcement.
“We look forward to continuing our work alongside the park as we further the focus on the community’s needs over the course of this summer’s planning sessions,” said Lee Levine of Love Our Pool.