Pool 'pops-up' on Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park
by Andrew Pavia
Jul 11, 2012 | 2817 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials and Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP)representatives opened a “Pop-up pool,” man-made beach, and a concession stand last Friday morning to help members of the community beat the heat.

The new five-year temporary pool is located near Pier 2 and is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. While attendance to the pool is free and the whole family is encouraged to jump right in, the maximum capacity of the pool is 60 people, according to BBP representatives.

State Senator Daniel Squadron secured $400,000 in state funding for the construction of the $700,000 pool. In a statement released by Brooklyn Bridge Park, Squadron mentioned the speed in which this park was created.

At the ceremony, Squadron said, “This is an a completely new pool in a whole new park,” Squadron said.

“The Pop-up pool provides a much-needed oasis for all park visitors during the hot summer months, and with the adjacent sandy beach and concession, it makes for a very unique park experience for all who visit,” said Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Matthew Bernosky, a member of the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy and resident of Brooklyn for 23 years, pointed out a few problems with the new pool during the opening. “I was interested that it was being referred to as amenity,” he said. “It seems to skirt what really is an amenity. I mean it's a swimming pool with a capacity of 60.”

Despite the low capacity, Councilman Steve Levin said, “I'm sure that families from throughout Brooklyn will be lining up to enjoy some relief from the sweltering temperatures.”
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