Pol renews push for pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park
by Patrick Kearns
Jul 11, 2017 | 1869 views | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As New York City pools opened for the season last week, a popup pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park may be in its final summer.

The temporary pool on Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 opened seven years ago. As the park’s public footprint continues to grow, State Senator Daniel Squadron is pushing for a permanent solution.

“We’re talking about it constantly and working with community leaders who are really leading the push for this,” Squadron said.

The pool was set to close for the final time last fall, but Squadron was able to get a one-year extension. Along with the community group Love Our Pool, he circulated a petition that collected over 1,300 signatures to keep the pool open.

They also conducted a survey that found the pool serves a broad community, with 82 percent of respondents coming from outside the pool’s zip code. It also found that 60 percent of respondents said it’s the only pool they visit, with 72 percent visiting the pop-up pool at least once a month,

Squadron is pushing for a permanent pool to be part of the longterm plans for the park, which recently cut the ribbon on Pier 5 and is nearing full completion.

“We want to work with the park and the city to get a permanent pool,” he said. “There’s been some talk about a floating pool or other locations. We’re open to all conversations.”

A spokesperson for the park declined to comment on if there are any longterm plans for a pool.

“What we all need to agree on first is we need the popup pool until we secure the permanent pool,” Squadron added. “A pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park is great for the community.”

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