Imagine A 9,000sf Permanent Floating Pool In Brooklyn Bridge Park…

The possibility of a permanent 9,000 square foot floating pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park is being floated by a design firm that appears to be making strides amid a tenacious engineering, environmental and bureaucratic process. In an ideal world, the project, deemed “+Pool,” could become reality by Summer 2015. BHB first reported the project last June (link includes video). Mind you, this is a far cry from the 3-1/2-foot temp pool opening this summer at BBP’s Pier 2.

The +Pool would be designed as four pools in one: with children’s, sports, lap and lounge pools. Each can be used independently or combined to form an Olympic-length lap pool, or opened completely into a fully open 9,000 square foot pool.

Behind the ambitious feat are designers Dong-Ping Wong of Family Architects and Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin of PlayLab. According to their website, “After we test and prove the filtration, we’ll go through the long and arduous process of getting required city and state approvals.” The project was launched with the ideal of improving use “of the city’s natural resources by providing a clean and safe way for the public to swim in New York’s waters,” they add.

Curbed reports in an interview with Dong-Ping Wong that among the challenges ahead: Traffic in the river causes waves that could move the pool around, so the team must figure out whether tethers will allow it to glide up and down. In addition, +Pool’s design filters river water through the its walls “like a giant strainer dropped into the river,” so it would remove bacteria, contaminants and odors, leaving only safe and swimmable water that meets city, state and federal standards of quality. The pool would be the first of its kind.

Permits, meanwhile, could take anywhere from six months to a year-and-a-half, while +Pool also needs additional funding from investors and the public (via Kickstarter).

(Photo: +Pool)

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  • Bloomy

    Gerry comments in 3….2….1….

  • Ben F

    This is a great idea! Will it be ready by July 4th?

  • carol

    If it can be done at the Villa D’este, why not in Brooklyn? All we need is a trust fund baby who loves to swim,

  • Gerry

    Now were talking!

  • Gerry

    @ Carol that would need to be a heafty trust fund the cost of pools is very high they do not make money must be subsidized by government or a college but well worth the benefits.

  • Bloomy

    I wonder what the pool will do for heating, if anything. The water in the river is pretty cold most of the year, and I only see the pool being usable for about 4 months of the year without a wetsuit. I can’t see many people in the pool in water below 60F.

  • Dean Collins

    can someone explain why the pool being in the park currently with our taxes is considered temporary?????

    what a waste of freakign money if its just being pulled out.

  • Eddyenergizer

    The design while looking very attractive has several major problems.
    1. as mentioned in the article, the waves would exert tremendous forces upon such a shape requiring extreme (costly) structural strength. Also its shape would cause it to pitch significantly with the waves.
    2. The water would need to be chlorinated, the Department of health will never approve a pool that does not have a active sanitizing agent (I know I manage a commercial pool).
    3. A few other problems: No restrooms, Health Department requires restroom facilities in close proximity of a public pool. There does not appear to be enough free space around the pool. Not enough lifeguards, I only see one in the drawings.

  • Heights Resident

    For those who don’t remember, the Floating Lady pool a few summers ago was quite wonderful. Bringing it (or something like it) back to BB Park would be terrific.

  • Ben F

    Did I mention that I would really, really like a pool… and this one looks great! Call Squadron– maybe he could trade in the temporary dumpster pool for this brilliant floating pool concept.

  • Gerry

    @ EddyEnergy – you are corect the design is flawed and I doubt will ever see the light of day

    @ Bloomy – the cost to heat this pool will be astronomical and it will never be warm a comfortable 82 degrees not plunked down in the East River no way!.

  • Jorale-man

    It’s nice that there are people thinking creatively, whatever it’s practical drawbacks.

    I went jogging by the new temporary pool this morning and noticed they’re installing all kinds of lush plants around it and appear to be building a changing room building too. Indeed, why not just make it permanent?

    On a side note, interesting to see all that grassy landscape in the illustration above – the space the giant hotel will eventually stand.

  • Eddyenergizer

    Indeed, water temperature would be a big issue. most bathers won’t want to swim in water below 70º f. 75º- 80º f is ideal. I doubt the east river ever gets that warm.