I would like to publicly express the frustration that North Brooklyn Community Swimmers have with the Parks Department's management of the McCarren Park Pool (MPP).
On October 26, 2016, Commissioner Mitchell Silver was presented with over 400 hand-signed signatures that supported the following statement: We Demand the NYC Parks Aquatics Department to fully utilize the McCarren Park Pool resource by configuring the swim lanes to 50-meter lengths for the Early Bird & Night Owl Lap Swim Programs.
For the three seasons that this $50 million facility has been open, swimmers have been disheartened by the 25-meter square that management has allocated for this program. In 2016 there were over 2200 residents that participated in this MPP program.
There are no other programs in the pool taking place at this time; just empty open water. Meanwhile, the Parks webpage for MPP boasts the facility's Olympic-length (50-meter) lanes. Matter of fact, 50-meter lane lines are actually painted on the pool floor.
Further, all other city outdoor pools have 50-meter configurations for this program. This includes Red Hook, Sunset Park, Hamfish, John Jay, Sunset Park, Astoria, etc.
The Parks Commissioner of Brooklyn and Commissioner of Public Programs have responded to our persistent requests.
They both state that 50-meter lanes would require additional lifeguards at those times and these decisions are the responsibility of First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh who, according to Mary Salig, administrator for North Brooklyn, refuses to commit to any 2017 changes because, "we have not hired the staff yet."
Our swimming community is astounded that after such a colossal effort to build this $50 million facility, that the Parks Department have thus far failed in its management to utilize this resource up to its designed potential.
We are hopeful the management of McCarren Park Pool will be up to the same standards of the other outdoor pools in the upcoming 2017 season.
North Brooklyn Community Swimmers