Brooklyn Bridge Park Asks for Floating Pool Permit

The Broooklyn Bridge Park Corporation has applied for a permit to build a floating pool, similar to the Floating Pool Lady (see photo above) that was docked below the Heights in the summer of 2007.

New York Daily News: Brooklyn Bridge Park could finally get its own floating pool.

Park officials want to build a new floating pool, like the wildly popular barge-borne one that docked in the Brooklyn Heights harbor four summers ago, and last week took the first step by applying for a permit with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The pool would be located on the north side of Pier 5, between the foot of Joralemon Street and Atlantic Avenue. Assuming the permit application is successful, the Park would still need to raise $5 to $10 million in funds to construct the pool.

Flickr photo by dragaonflyajt

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  • gc

    Sign me up! Hope it’s constructed so it can be used year round.

  • Ben

    In the past decades all of the new development in downtown Brooklyn and yet NO Aquatics Center? Downtown Brooklyn needs an aquatics center like Asphalt Green only well run AG is a dump run by a bunch of slobs. Not a health club or a hotel pool but a real aquatics center a 50 meter 12 foot deep pool to work out in like the one at Hofstra University where I swim early every morning.


  • Demonter

    It’s a great idea. Enhances the quality of life for locals during the sweltering summer months.

  • local

    Terrible idea. We’ve already got year-round pools at the YMCA up Atlantic Ave, St. Francis, etc. Total waste of $$$

    Not only that, but the pool would be floating on a perfectly swimable river — put up some swimming docks like you see in summer camps for $100k.

  • AL

    Yaaaay! I’ve got my flippers crossed.

  • BR

    Awesome. The Floating Pool Lady was a huge hit that summer, and I’ve been wishing it would come back every summer since. I really hope this gets passed and the funds get raised. It would be a fantastic permanent addition to the neighborhood!

  • nabeguy

    local, those pools don’t have the views that this one could afford. And, having known people that have drowned in what you refer to as a “swimable” river (I’ll have to check my dictionary for that word), I don’t think that $100K would quite cover the first day of liability insurance. However, thinking outside of the dock, I’d like to suggest that, if it could be done, it should be named “The Homer Fink Aquatic Center”. Or maybe “Willowtown Weeki Wachee World”

  • Arch Stanton

    @ Local but not native,

    News flash: the river is polluted, True it is much cleaner than it was 20 years ago but it is still far from “perfectly swimmable”. Also, the river has treacherous currents.

  • Andrew Porter

    The East River is not polluted—it’s a tidal flow. I have seen large turtles in it, and if you see the abundant seaweed visible at low tide, you realize how much it has come back. And, ironically, it’s now so clean that the marine borers are back in a big way, eating through the wooden piers. Also, if it’s polluted, howcum BBP includes several canoe/kayak launch sites, and salt water marsh areas?

  • Arch Stanton

    Andrew Porter,
    Your first sentence makes no sense. How does the “river” being a tidal straight (not “flow”) preclude it from being polluted? The East River was a dump for raw sewage and industrial waste for over a century, it was once one of the most polluted waterways in the country, that kind of contamination does not go away easily. Although much cleaner than it use to be, It still is a long way from being “not polluted”. At times of heavy rain millions of gallons of sewage still flow into the river. Just because turtles, fish and worms are increasing in numbers does not mean it is always safe to swim in. Honestly, would you want that water in your mouth?
    Also, what do canoe and kayak launch sites have to do with swimming?