The Daily News covers the latest in the BBP saga, interviewing Marianna Koval, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy:
NY Daily News: Conservancy Director Leads…: When completed in an expected four or five years, Brooklyn Bridge Park will cover just more than 85 acres. It will be the largest section of public space dedicated to parkland in Brooklyn since Prospect Park was created 135 years ago.
What may be a temporary park feature has made a big splash. The Floating Pool Lady, a pool in a barge first conceived by Ann Buttenwieser and the Neptune Foundation, is anchored between the piers next to an artificial beach the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy created at the foot of Joralemon St.
The pool has drawn more than 40,000 people from around the city to the park since it opened on July 4, Koval said.
"We have people coming here from Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, even the Bronx," said Koval, her hair still wet from a morning dip in the pool. "We said all along that this would be a park for the city, not just for Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn. It's the first time in 200 years that the public has had access to these piers."